Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mike Erre's New Book.

Okay, seriously, stop what you are doing right now, and take time to read these select excerpts from Mike Erre's new book, "Death by Church". They are from random places throughout the book, but I seriously cannot stop thinking about them. SUCH a good book. You have to get it. 

"The Kingdom (of God) is the focus of God's agenda. It is also the purpose of today's church. The church is not an end in itself, but rather a means to the end of extending the rule and reign of God throughout this planet." ...

"The church is the people of the Kingdom, never the Kingdom itself... The church is not the Kingdom. The Kingdom creates the church in the sense that Jesus formed the church out of His kingdom mission. The phrase 'the church' refers to the people of the kingdom, but not the kingdom itself. God's people witness to the reality of God's kingdom through the proclamation of His redemptive work in Christ (both past and present) and their demonstration of the power of God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit." ...

"The church doesn't build the kingdom (Jesus does), nor does the church work to become the kingdom (the kingdom is received, not achieved)... Because of this, the church must demonstrate the presence of the kingdom. The church's witness is that the age to come has become real here and now. The world must look at the witness of the church and see what God has in mind for His followers; it is to provide and appetizer now for the full banquet of the reality of the kingdom in the nature of the kingdom that will be most fully expressed in the future consummation of the kingdom."...

"When the church ceases being about the work of the kingdom and substitutes in its place the work of the church and its cultural assimilation (ie. a consumer society), we elevate the church (its ministries, experiences, programs, and services) to a place where God never intended it to be. Church was to be the result of people working together in the kingdom, not the focus of the work itself." 

(All italics and bolds are mine)

Knowing proper theology about the Kingdom of God is of the utmost importance for a Christian. I will write more on this in the coming weeks, along with a full book review of "Death by Church". 

1 comment:

inchristus said...

Thank you for introducing snippets from this new work by Erre. I will seek to read and heed. The quotes to excerpt are penetrating!