What if the rise of secularism is good news for the church?
For decades, we set our hopes on technology, politics, and the appearance of peace. We wanted to believe we were headed somewhere better—that progress was happening. But now as our technology ensnares and isolates us, our politics threaten to tear us apart, and our cultural decline continues to accelerate, people are understandably distressed.
But throughout history these periods of decline traditionally precede powerful spiritual renewal—and even revival. What if all the bad news in this world is actually good news for the church?
Discover why there’s reason to be wildly hopeful and how to prepare yourself and your church to be a part of renewal now and in the future.
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About the Author
MARK SAYERS is the Senior Pastor of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of a number of books and is particularly interested in the intersection of faith and culture. Mark is married to Trudi, and they have a daughter, Grace, and twin boys Billy and Hudson.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Creating a Renewal Cell 7
Chapter 1 The Secularist Renewal Myth 19
Presence and Progress on the Road to Renewal
Chapter 2 The Renewal Pattern 31
From Holy Discontent to Corporate Revival
Chapter 3 Crisis-The Gateway to Renewal 45
The Silver Lining to Be Found in Dark Clouds
Chapter 4 From Dissatisfaction to Holy Discontent 55
Ripe for Renewal in the Ruin of Meaninglessness and Unlimited Freedom
Chapter 5 Renewal in an Anxious Culture 71
Fostering Peaceful Presence in the Age of Outrage and Radical Individualism
Chapter 6 Secularism vs. the Presence 83
From Temples of Exhaustion to Temples of Presence
Chapter 7 Renewal to the Ends of the Earth 95
God's Plan to Fill the Cosmos with His Presence
Chapter 8 "Why the Church Needs Renewal 105
Embracing Hot Orthodoxy and Vital Christianity
Chapter 9 Preparing for Renewal 121
Breaking Down before Building Up
Chapter 10 From Consuming to Contending 137
The Sacrificial, Risk-Taking, Responsibility-Embracing Posture of Renewal
Chapter 11 Repatterning for Renewal 147
Cultivating Faith in the West's Secular Mega-Temple
Chapter 12 Remnants-The Cells of Renewal 161
How Small Groups Lead to Big Renewals
Chapter 13 When Renewal Goes Viral 177
How Form and Fire Empower Revival
Appendix: Weekly Group Framework-Building a Remnant 195