Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Presence-Driven Church Doesn't Need a Budget

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It doesn't cost anything to host the presence of God. You could be a church without a building and experience God and know God and serve and love Him. In his Foreward to Scot McKnight's King Jesus Gospel Dallas Willard agrees. He writes:

"The primary barrier to the power of Jesus’ gospel today— that is, a view of salvation and of grace that has no connection with discipleship and spiritual transformation. It is a view of grace and salvation that, supposedly, gets one ready to die, but leaves them unprepared to live now in the grace and power of resurrection life. 

The gospel of King Jesus and of his kingdom-now is indeed “the power of God that brings salvation/ deliverance .” To prove this, just preach, teach, and manifest the good news of life now, for you and everyone, in the kingdom of the heavens with Jesus— your whole life. Study the Gospels to see how Jesus did it, and then do it in the manner he did it. You don’t need a program, a budget, or any special qualifications to do this. Just understand it in the biblical form and do it.

- Dallas Willard, In Scot McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, p. 16; emphasis mine