When the Gospel leaves Jerusalem for Pisidian Antioch, the church stands in radical opposition to the power and privilege in the rest of culture.
Paul goes to Cyprus during his first missionary journey to spread the Gospel and the first thing he runs into is opposition from the “son of the devil.”
Congregational health isn’t found when things are easy, but when things get difficult. We will lose something and it will hurt. We will face and embrace the unknown. A challenge that brings anxiety and conflict.
The direction of the church must be to adapt and find new ways of communicating the gospel to make more and better disciples.
The vision of the church is a new life, a new community, and a new vision. It results in persecution, hardship, and discomfort. Is the Gospel worth it?