Sermon Illustrations

Barna states it well in his book Revolution when he tells us were our hope should be for a spiritual revolution in this country:

1. “And despite its faults and flaws, a spiritual healthy local church will always have a valid and valuable role within God’s Kingdom on earth. The point here is simply to recognize that if we place all our hope in the local church, it is misplaced hope. Many well-intentioned pastors promote this perspective by proclaiming, “The local church is the hope of the world.” Like most advertising slogans, this notion is emotionally appealing. The trouble is, the sentient is not Biblical. Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the hope of the world. The local church is one mechanism that can be instrumental in bringing us closer to Him and helping us to be more like Him. But, as the research data clearly show, churches are not doing the job. If the local church is the hope of the world, then the world has no hope” (36).