“The First ‘Big Idea'”

“The first ‘big idea’ driving many churches is to create a church that meets the needs of its members. And since so many people have such deep spiritual needs, there is much good in this approach. But often it also leads to unhealthy consequences. Needs soon turn to wants. A toxic self-absorption can easily develop. ‘Us’ becomes all that matters. Spiritual impact is rarely contemplated beyond the borders of the church property. Like a star that has collapsed into a black hole, refusing to release its light, a ‘need-meeting church’ can unknowingly come to exist for nothing bigger than itself.”                                       Robert Lewis, The Church of Irresistible Influence

As Christ followers and churches, are we living for ourselves and our “needs,” or are we living for the spiritual needs of others to have an opportunity to hear the gospel and Jesus’ world-wide mission?