What if Jesus Was Serious About the Church?
Consider three trends: First, distrust of institutions, including the church, is at an all-time high. Second, young people raised in the church are leaving at alarming rates and not returning. Third, loneliness and social isolation are rampant. It appears that an entire generation is looking elsewhere for the very thing the church is called to provide—why? We will look at what the Bible really says about the church, its purpose, and the impact of its modern captivity to consumer values. Rather than an event, a building, or an institution, the New Testament calls the church to be a community living in communion with God and one another for the sake of the world.
Skye Jethani is a former pastor, a speaker, and the author of eleven books. After spending more than a decade reporting on issues of faith and culture forChristianity Today, he now cohosts theHoly Post podcast, a weekly show that blends cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Skye and his wife Amanda, have three children and reside in Wheaton, Illinois.