From the Hillsong Conference in Europe, as quoted by Christianity Today earlier this week:
“The church is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body in which he speaks and acts and fills everything with his presence.”
I don’t know about you but I have real problems with squaring that with John 3:16:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
But I can understand how the world could come to seem peripheral to a church as huge as Hillsong. Surface area to volume ratio is significantly less there. It’s a world unto itself. So, what are your thoughts:
- Is the world peripheral?
- How biblical is it to assert the centrality of the church?
- Shouldn’t the church move to the periphery?