Popular pastor and New York Times bestselling author Francis Chan urged thousands of Christians gathered on the National Mall Saturday to stand together as “rejects” in the face of the world.
Chan, the founder of Radius International and former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California, took the stage at Together 2016, an all-day gathering that featured about 40 popular Christian speakers, artists, authors and performers organized by Pulse and its founder Nick Hall.
As Hall told the crowd earlier in the day that Jesus was offering America a “reset,” Chan, the author of Crazy Love, told the gathering in the late afternoon that the church needs a reset.
“I think we all agree that the church needs a reset in a lot of ways,” the 48-year-old Chan said in the sweltering heat. “We have become somewhat irrelevant, sadly. But the path to relevance is not by trying to fit in. It’s by standing out. It’s is not be becoming popular but it is by becoming rejected.”
Chan turned to his Bible and recited a lengthy passage from Matthew 10.
“‘Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves,” Chan read from Matthew 10:16. ‘”Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for My sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles.”
“And whoever does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me,” Chan added, reciting Matthew 10:38-39. “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post