Francis Chan says there are two things that God requires of every church–and almost every church is missing it. If every church could do just these two things, revival would break out in America.
Letters to the Church, the latest book by Francis Chan, is a continuation of what he has been saying to the church for years now: Repent and return for revival! Letters to the Church releases September 1, 2018, and is published by David C. Cook.
In a recent ChurchLeaders.com podcast, Chan reiterated what he’s been saying to the church for years. While it’s not a new message, it is the prophetic role that the church needs from Chan.
Podcast host Jason Daye asked Francis Chan what the church needs to hear and do most.
“We are not asking the question: What would please God most?” Chan answered. “Based on everything we read in Scripture, what would please Him most? We’re scared of questions like that because what would please Him most has a huge cost to it.”
Several years ago, Francis Chan paid a deep price and gained notoriety in a Christian culture that feeds the fame machine for noted pastors. Chan traded in his thriving megachurch for the house church model he calls We Are Church. And Chan explained this radical departure during a talk at Facebook’s headquarters on June 22, 2017.
Francis Chan says there are only two things that matter.
“The best I can understand God wants believers to cause other believers to love Him more,” Chan tells Daye. “I am NOT hearing a lot of people talk about how much they love Jesus and how much they love being with Him.”
That’s the first thing: Love the Lord your God with ALL of you!
Chan points out that we’ve made church about “all these different peripheral issues” when instead only two things matter. Being crazy in love with God is #1.
“God’s displeasure with the church is our lack of love for one another,” Chan says.
And when people see the love for people in the church that Jesus calls us to, it’ll be magnetic. They won’t be able to resist it! Church growth won’t be a program or a strategy; instead, it’ll be organic. Chan says people will say, “Wow! You should gather with these people. You should see the way they care about each other. It’s fascinating!”
Is Francis Chan’s revelation from God or just another idiot reading the Bible?
Chan is quick to say he’s not saying anything new. This is all in the Bible! In fact, Jesus said that people would know Christians by their love. Chan says this isn’t something he has come up with on his own: “I’m just another idiot reading the Scriptures and going ‘this seems most important to Him.’ ”
Chan believes (and Revelation supports this) that God is not happy with churches that don’t focus on the two greatest commandments. And God is looking for churches that are so in love with Him and with others that “we are producing lovers of Jesus and people that love each other so much that the world is going, ‘There’s something supernatural going on there because I’ve never seen a love like that before.’ ”
Where do we start with this simple but radical change in ourselves and our churches?
“What changes us is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit,” says Chan. Let’s start there.
And let’s end with this: an eternal perspective that this day could be our last on Earth and we will stand before God.
“What I try to do is, like I said in the book,” says Chan, “when I teach, I try to think if I die at the end of this message will I have said everything God wants me to say?”
There’s definitely nothing idiotic about that!
Listen to the latest ChurchLeaders Podcast featuring Francis Chan.