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Dr. Robert Lewis (pastor of the Fellowship Bible Church of Little Rock, AR) says: “The first ‘big idea’ driving many churches is to create a church that meets the needs of its members. And since so many people have deep spiritual needs, there is much good in this approach. But often it also leads to unhealthy consequences. Needs soon turn to wants. A toxic self-absorption can easily develop. ‘Us’ becomes all that matters. Spiritual impact is rarely contemplated beyond the borders of the church property. Like a star that has collapsed into a black hole, refusing to release its light, a ‘need-meeting church’ can unknowingly come to exist for nothing bigger than itself.” (The Church of Irresistible Influence, 57).

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