Letters to the Church
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
If God had it His way, what would our churches look like?
In his most powerful book yet, Pastor Francis Chan digs deep into biblical truths, reflections on his own failures and dreams, and stories of ordinary people God is using to change the world.
As Chan says, “We’ve strayed so far from what God calls Church. We all know it. We know that what we’re experiencing is radically different from the Church in Scripture. For decades, church leaders like myself have lost sight of the inherent mystery of the Church. We have trained people sitting in the pews to become addicted to lesser things. It’s time for that to change.”
When Jesus returns, will He find us caring for His Bride—even more than for our own lives? Letters to the Church reminds us of how powerful, how glorious the Church once was … and calls us to once again be the Church God intended us to be.
Letters to the church
Open the eyes of my heart Lord...so blessed to read The gang...truth ...I’m looking for worship , I’m looking for down deep in my heart fellowship .. may God continue to use these words to wake us all to the reality of how far we have wandered from the true church God wanted in the beginning.
I look forward to the release of Letters to the church in September but in the meantime I will be in the word to search on my own for the love God is talking about ... God has blessed you pastor Chan thank you
This should be required reading for every church staff in America!
Discouraging and one sided
I loved the beginning of the book and he points out many important truths about how God views the church. And I know that there are many people who don’t view the church correctly. But as someone who spent 5 years in a “house church” I know that simply meeting in homes is not the cure. The book becomes merely an advertisement for leaving a church with a building.
I find this potentially harmful to the believers who are grounded and connected where they are. That they will through suggestion become disenchanted where they are even though that might be where God wants them.
Also house churches lack the oversight necessary to keep from becoming cults. Since they can do church in “their” house, any who disagree can simply be excluded and groups can gather out of manipulation by a charismatic leader. People in America have a long history of witnessing this type of thing and are generally more leery of house churches because of it. Maybe this isn’t true in other countries and maybe they don’t have the opportunity to meet in large public groups. But I’m sure there are cults in those countries too.
The book leaves little encouragement for churches with buildings. I feel this is short sighted. Francis seems to always seek after some radical passionate move that he later goes back on. This type of Christianity kind lead to always finding something wrong with everything and honestly has it’s roots in pride, not humility. The reason I know that is because when I was younger I was the same way. Now I am cautious of any movement that attempts to “revolutionize” church and shows contempt for those who have spent lifetimes ministering to people.
My experience in house church was 20 years ago. There’s nothing new here. I’m sure over time people will come to the same conclusion I did. The problem isn’t a building, but our lack of commitment to God’s family.