Reappearing Church: The Hope for Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture

Reappearing Church: The Hope for Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture

by Mark Sayers


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802419132
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 424,524
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 225

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