February 12, 2017 – Embracing Exile

Rev. Josh Browand

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • We must look to change the wine-skins of this local church
  • How the church thrives via the old ways does not work.
  • American affiliation with a church has declined.  Moving towards an exile in the social conscience.
  • People want to believe the church, but do not like how it currently functions. We can’t be investing in the old ways (e.g. expect the church to be focused on a building, preventing disrepair).
  • We must participate in a rebirth of the church, in the world as well as this local body.
  • This local body has the opportunity to rebirth in many ways.  Be careful not the implement the old structure, avoiding change.  The would lead to still-birth.
  • We can’t be the church of 20 years ago, based on the world of 20 years ago.  That world does not exist.  We must be the church of tomorrow.
  • Even though we don’t know the future, we have God’s promise of good.