By habit, the church has come to mean a place. A place where we congregate, a place where we build up believers. but as long as that's our whole understanding of church, we miss one of our primary functions as the people of God: being out in the world for the sake of the lost. In Church Without Walls Jim Petersen explores why church forms that have outlived their functions impede the gospel in today's world, forgotten New Testament practices that would allow a more mobile and diverse expression of the people of God, what we need to know about our society to present the gospel adequately.<
The first-century Christians had to sort out Jesus from Judaism in order to become a people for all nations. Today, we have to sort out Jesus from religious traditions in order to make Him available to our nation.
Thats the challenge this book tackles: Will we be the church without walls, communicating a gospel free of traditional and cultural trappings?
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