Terry Virgo: on Church planting & Community

Church planting is not simply a matter of getting a number of individuals saved; it is about the advance of God’s community in the earth. He wants a community, his city, his family in which he could dwell. Church planting is an extension of the community, not simply an exercise in multiplying the head count. Part of God’s purpose in saving us is to overcome our intense selfishness and isolation. Terry Virgo, Foreword to Planting Churches, Changing Communities by David Stroud

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In defiance of advertising

“…in a society which worships material prosperity, Jesus commands us to worship God and to invest in heaven’s treasures. This means having a mindset at odds with the materialistic consumerism of our age. It means believing that ‘a person’s life does not consist in the abundance of their possessions’ (Luke 12:16), in defiance of the claims of the advertising agencies. In a society where 6year olds are teased for not wearing the right brand of trainers, this is profoundly counter-cultural and will not be easy.”  

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