Session 13: Gary Schwammlein and Bill Hybels
"The local church is the hope of the world, when it's working right. I went to the local church, they don't even have enough hope to share with the people that go there on a weekend, much less the world!"
He said that too many people just quote the first half of Bill's quote, but that is just wrong. "you need the whole quote!"
In Calcutta India, there is a church that feeds 10,000 people a day. There are 250 churches among 20,000,000 people, in a population that is less than 1% christian.
When there is a passionless church operating, they are wrong. They need to shut down and sell their building to somebody that will do what God wants them to do!
Strengthening the leadership gifts strengthens every other gift in a church.
"If you want your leadership to matter, lead in the things that matter to God." [that goes for everything!]
This guy was in Vietnam, praying in a hotel room, and the words to an old German hymn came to mind. He found it on youtube and played it on repeat for 2 hours while he prayed! Praise God for YouTube!
"If you're not dead, you're not done!"