Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “It is not for us to foretell the time, but the day will come when people will again be called upon to declare the Word of God with such power as will change and renew the world. It will be a new language, perhaps entirely unreligious, but liberating and redeeming, just as the language of Jesus.’”
Jesus tells Peter, “...you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it (Mt 16:18)”. Most Western Christians have not experienced this and reading the research forecasting the fate of the future Church, that is not what is in store for our church life either. What if the Church Jesus knew would prevail, and the form of Church we have inherited to this point, are not the same thing? What if Jesus’ inextinguishable Church exists within, but is not synonymous with, the form of church which may indeed be disappearing from our culture in the next few years?
Christian Schwarz (Natural Church Development) has written a timely new book entitled 'God is Indestructible'. It is written for that coming generation which Bonhoeffer foresaw; our present generation. It is a time that is already upon us, and which many have been trying to come to terms with for a number of years. The current COVID-19 crisis has both accelerated the speed at which our world is changing and given us an opportunity to stop and consider what we can do to meet the potential new realities.
We are offering an intensive book study course to consider the ideas Schwarz brings forward in relation to the reality that we face in our parishes. We believe the results could be transformative, and fit very well with the work we have been doing with missional church thinking over the past few years.
Beginning May 12 and ending May 26 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM, John Paul Westin will provide a short summary of 2 chapters in 'God Is Indestructible', followed by discussions in small groups. These sessions will be done over Zoom.
Click here to register. For more information, contact Shawn Branch.
It is recommended to purchase your own copy of the book - Print or eBook. (Please note the print copy is coming from Ontario, whereas the eBook is sold through NCD International.)
“It’s time for a change! Whoever wants Christianity to continue as it is, doesn’t want it to continue.” - Schwarz