In The Crucifixion of Ministry, Andrew Purves writes:
“The defining matter of the church’s life is not to convert and bring people to faith (the evangelical heresy!) or to bring in the ethical commonwealth (the liberal heresy!). The defining matter for the church’s life, for which the church exists, is to bear witness to Jesus Christ. He, not we, converts people and brings in the reign of God,” (p.132).
To some visitors of this blog that may not be anything new but for others it may very well be (particularly depending on what sort of circles you grew up in and spend time in). The “bearing witness to Jesus Christ” bit requires much theological reflection and wrestling and can often be a point of contention.
Anyways, there you have it. Don’t get it twisted!
What say you?