So, why did you choose to write this book, and why now?
Revival is only a prayer away. We chose to write this book now because I believe there is a deep need for more voices calling people to a radical devotion to Jesus. We wanted to inspire others to believe in the Church again- not just biblically, but practically- as we rally together to be the moral conscience of our nation and the hands and feet of Jesus in the earth. In our world there is a desperate cry for the church to really be the Church. As we look to the future, I have great hope that Gods plan will not be thwarted! Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, "I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." I think what it all comes down to this: will we partner with him?
What do you think God's plan is for the church?
The Church is God's "Plan A" for seeing his glory distributed on the earth - not just for salvation, but for the transformation of lives and entire societies. The question I'm often asked is, "can that really happen?" My answer is definitively, YES! Our experience over the last 26 years has been that the church is alive and well. When people fall in love with Jesus and passionately pursue him with all their hearts, their lives are transformed. They become change-agents in the lives of others and amidst the social issues around them. So I'm passionate that the Church is God's answer to our broken world. Now more than ever we must restore the faith for what the Church can be.
How has writing this book stirred your faith for what God is doing in the world?
As I recounted all the stories from the past 27 years of our journey, I came to a place of renewed joy and hope for the Church as God's vehicle for transformation in the world. In our culture there's this gap that the government can't fill, that businesses can't fill; it's not only a moral gap, but also a gap of resources. We have found that the Church can not only be a part of filling that gap in our cities, whether it's through education or healthcare, but we can also do the job in such a way that is stronger than before. My own personal faith has been stirred by seeing what God is doing in America and in the Muslim world- it's stunning. We are seeing Muslims come to know Jesus and establish themselves as His people more than ever before in history. It's a thrilling time, and I'm so inspired by what God is doing right now in the nations!
What do you hope someone will get out of reading this book?
My deepest hope is that through this book, more people would fall in love with Jesus and start to believe in the Church again. It isn't about me or about Antioch; it's all about Jesus, Who is calling each of us to experience Him in an intimate and renewed way. It's His story. My hope is that in telling this story, there is a stirring of the heart, both personally and corporately, as the light of Jesus is poured out in our cities, our nation and in the nations of the world.
-Q&A from Antioch Community Church