preach church or preach jesus?

April 24, 2005

A quote from Wolfgang Simpson (Houses That Change the World, pg 229) for Dean and I to ponder as we move forward in the church planting journey:

He {Vincent Donovan, a missionary to the Masai tribe} sums up his experience in two lessons. The first was that if you preach the church, the response will look like the church that sent you out; preach Jesus, and the response looks very different. The second lesson was that he himself rediscovered the gospel afresh in the process, as ‘the church became flesh’ again in unchurched cultures and started to tell its own story.

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