Worth Reading: You See Bones, I See An Army by @FloydMcClung

A friend of mine sent me this book several months ago. It’s another refreshing look at church through the lens of simplicity. It is a call for the church to get back to its apostolic roots. I love seeing the word apostolic used in its biblical sense. McClung defines it well. It’s also a call for a discipleship revolution. If you want to be reminded of the potent power of Christ’s church, pick up a copy of You See Bones, I See An Army by Floyd McClung. We’ll worth reading. Here’s a few of my favorite quotes:

  • we spend so much time and energy thinking of ways to make the sacred hour on Sunday more attractive to saved people, rather than equipping saved people to take the church to the world.
  • the more complicated we do church, the more difficult it is to reproduce.
  • The church in the book of Acts functioned as a vibrant community, not a weekly meeting. They were a dynamic movement of small communities, spontaneously breaking out all over the city.
  • The church that does not carry a passion to reach the world isolates people behind walls of cultural irrelevance.
  • Apostolic leadership is God’s mechanism for mobilizing his people.
  • Apostolic leadership yearns for the not yet.
  • Apostolic leaders encourage holy dissatisfaction, risk taking, questioning, and experimenting.
  • Church is not for us. It is for God and for the lost.
  • The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Jesus, loving those who love Jesus, and loving those who don’t know Jesus.
  • We are called to invade the world, not escape from it.
  • Church is people, ordinary people, living their lives for Jesus.
  • the purpose of God for the church, to love as Jesus would if he were walking around in our bodies.
  • Whatever the problem, whatever the need, God has placed within the church the resources necessary to respond.
  • You can talk about being apostolic until you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t plant and reproduce churches, you’re not apostolic.
  • If being an apostle means doing what Jesus did, it involves loneliness, persecution, and ultimately death.
  • To be dedicated to Jesus is not first of all about being a missionary or pastor, but being intentional and obedient in making disciples.
  • Apostolic people take the church to the world; they don’t wait for the world to come to the church.
  • While others see what’s been done and are grateful, apostolic people see what has not been done and long for more.
  • it is not the famous but the faithful who will receive big crowns in heaven.
  • Spiritual authority can never be separated from the ability to influence people in nonmanipulative ways.
  • The only thing you can take to heaven besides your own heart is the people you influence for God.
  • church is who we are, not where you go.
  • The church was not placed on this planet to entertain people for one hour a week. The church was created by God to be the ongoing presence of his Son Jesus with skin on.
  • Too many people want the same amount of fruit the apostle Paul enjoyed without paying the price that Paul paid.
  • There are too many overfed, undermotivated Christians hiding behind the excuse that God has not spoken to them.
  • We are created by God to reproduce after our own kind. If we are proud and arrogant, we will produce the same fruit in others, and if we are humble and transparent, we will reproduce that as well.
  • Programs don’t disciple people, building don’t disciple people. People disciple people.
  • programs and strategies don’t make disciples. Great ideas don’t make disciples. Disciples make disciples.

About Lane Corley

I am - Follower of Jesus Christ - Husband to the beautiful and patient Heather Corley - Father of three. - Church Planter / Church Planting Strategist with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - When I can, I’m reading, raised bed gardening, deer hunting, and on mission with my church. - Hoping to be helpful.

Posted on May 13, 2011, in Books worth reading. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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