One of the things we continually emphasize at Saddleback is that the Church is God’s instrument for ministry here on Earth, and that makes it the greatest force on the face of the Earth.
The Church 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 2,000 years.
As Rick Warren thought through our missions strategy, The PEACE Plan, he noted the Church has eight distinct advantages over the efforts of business and government to help those in need:
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.
For example, about 100 million people in the United States went to church this past weekend. That’s more people than will attend sporting events in the U.S. throughout this year. The Church is the largest force for good in the world. Nothing else even comes…Continue Reading