Worn out on church? Finding vibrant faith beyond the walls of the sanctuary.
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Lost in Grace,
Two Key components of Revolutionaries:
o They have no use for churches that play religious games.
o They pursue intimate relationships with God.
The Seven Passions of Revolutionaries (p. 22)
1. Intimate Worship
2. Faith-Based Conversations
3. Intentional Spiritual Growth
5. Resource Investment
6. Spiritual Friendships
7. Family Faith
The Seven Trends Characterizing a Movement (p. 42)
- The changing of the guard.
- The rise of a new view of life.
- Dismissing the irrelevant.
- The impact of technology.
- Genuine relationships.
- Participation in reality.
- Finding true meaning: accepting sacrifice and surrender.
Transformation: a significant spiritual breakthrough in which you seize a new perspective or practice related to the seven passions; consequently you are never the same again.
Four Macro-Models of Church Experience (p. 64)
House churches: some form of ‘simple church
Family faith experience
Jesus' Priorities that guide a Revolutionary (p. 75f)
o Obedience to God
o Holy Living
o Spiritual connection
o Spiritual wholeness
o Biblical literacy
o Faith in God
o Blessing people
Jesus'’ Character Traits that mold the Revolutionary
o Merciful and grace-giving
Five Reactions to the Revolution (p.119f)
1. Ignore it.
2. Fight it.
3. Coexist with it.
4. Late adoption of it.
5. Embrace itÃ…become a revolutionary.
Blending your church and the revolution (p. 137f)
o Learn from the revolutionaries.
o Seek ways in which your church can add value to the Revolution
o Reflect on what it really means to belong to a churchÃ—your church.
o Figure out how to create more Revolutionaries among those who are aligned with the Christian faith.