The church is the most magnificent concept ever created. It has survived persistent abuse, horrifying persecution, and widespread neglect. Yet despite its faults (due to our sinfulness), it is still God's chosen instrument of blessing and has been for 2000 years.
The church will last for eternity, and because it is God's instrument for ministry here on Earth, it is truly the greatest force on the face of the Earth. That's why I believe that tackling the world's biggest problems – the giants of spiritual lostness, egocentric leadership, poverty, disease, and ignorance – can only be done through the church.
The church has eight distinct advantages over the efforts of business and government:
1. The Church provides for the largest participation
Most people have no idea how many Christians there are in the world: More than 2 billion people claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. That's one third of the world's population! The church has about a billion more people than the entire nation of China.
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