We are living in one of those pivotal times in history when the world is changing rapidly and many familiar landmarks are being shaken. Many Christians are just being swept along by a tide of events, but those who understand the times and seize the opportunity will see God doing a new thing. The new book, Being Church Where We Live, provides important wisdom and insights for a time such as this. Many of the topics covered are missed by other authors.
For example, many American Christians believe that they are living in the "last days" and that things will soon get tough, but most are still living as if the good times will last forever. I am amazed by the complacency, because it will be too late to work out what to do, when everything has turned to custard. Being Church Where We Live explains how to persecution-proof a church, so that it can continue to be effective through tribulations and victories.
Many Christians have a strong calling to be part of a christian community. Steve Bush said, "We want a community that will make a difference in the world. That can only happen if the community is truly in the world. We won't huddle inside our church buildings as if they were bomb shelters. We won't lock ourselves inside, waiting for the poor and needy to come knocking at the doors. No, we will be out there. Out there! In the world, rubbing shoulders with people." Being Church Where We Live explains how a church can be a community of people living in the same locality and caring for each other within strong relationships. This can be done in any town or city with existing housing, without pooling money, building special buildings, or heading for the hills. Strong community will support the deeper fellowship and greater sharing that is essential for escaping the bondage of individualism and consumerism.