Alan Hirsch on The Missional Magnet at Exponential

Alan HirschChurch planters … “if you are not pissing religious people off, there is something wrong with you.” – Alan Kirsch – to understand why Alan said this…read on.

The heart of church movements is Christology.

The persecuted church is a is void of religious leadership and become led by the Holy Spirit who leads them to the simplicity of truth – Jesus is my Lord.

Persecution forces Christians to recognize their central identity – Jesus is my Lord – which launches God’s mission because He then becomes the one who leads the church decapitated of religious rulers.

How bad would you become if you only became more like Jesus?

Recognizing that Jesus is Lord is not sufficient in and of itself to launch and exponential movement of church.

If we get the basic idea of God wrong, then we are worse off than atheists.

The moment a movement become institutionalized it dies. For example: the Jesus movement.

What is good about the Pharisees

  • Disciplined
  • Love God
  • Great Zeal
  • Committed to Prayer
  • Loved the Torah (Bible) – defined authority of scripture
  • High view of God
  • Decent people
  • Custodians of the history of Israel
  • Tithed

Who is this today? It is us!!!! It is the church today!!!!

But remember it is the Pharisees that put Jesus on the cross.

Jesus was a Pharisees, but he inhabited the scriptures differently.

If Jesus showed up in the church again today, we would probably kill him. Jesus had his harshish words for the religious.

We must recalibrate back to Jesus!!!! Jesus must become central to the church again.

The church should never proceed Jesus mission – if it does then Jesus’ mission becomes a program. The church must flow from Jesus’ mission.

Church planters … “if you are not pissing religious people off, there is something wrong with you.” – Alan Kirsch

If the church comes before Jesus mission, then we have put Jesus in a box.

Alan Kirsch is a true revolutionary. Man I love this guy!

We (the church) are always subservient to the Kingdom and authority of God. Thus, the church is not the Kingdom of God.

Decentralize form from function to keep Jesus centralized in the church. This demands the release of power.

The essentials of church:

  • Mission
  • Worship
  • Discipleship

When we say Jesus is Lord, it means he gets dibs on everything.


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