Philip Jensen on Why and How Churches Must be Pragmatic

Communicate Jesus | 7/17/2017 | Steven Kryger
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Since the release of the latest Australian Census data, I've been troubled by how many people in my nation are yet to know Jesus, and how ineffective we (as evangelical Christians) have been at reaching them.

I discovered that since 1991, there has been a 22% drop in the number of people claiming to be Christians and in a single generation there has been an 88% decline in the number of self-declared Christians.

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So my friend Dave sent me this sermon by Philip Jensen from 1988, where he pulls no punches in pleading that churches change to reach the 97% who are not in our churches each Sunday.

You should listen to the whole message, but here are 10 quotes that stood out:

Pragmatism - Theology - Theology - Pragmatism - Tyranny

“Pragmatism without theology is awful. Theology without pragmatism is a tyranny of traditionalism.”

“We must preach expecting people to be converted. Where does it say that this is the age of small things? This is the age of great victory through the preaching of the Word of God!”

Church - Anyone - Church - Building - Vision

“A church can be full, yet we can have reached hardly anyone. The church building can set our vision very small.”

“We need to get...
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