Reading Organic Church by Neil Cole was a moving experience. No doubt the inputs of this output were substantial. Spiritually it is a volume that speaks to many needs in the church. As I made my way through the book, my notes and underlines became numerous, why? Because this book not only deserves to be read it deserves to be studied.
This is part eight of Mining Cole, please join me on this endeavor, and feel free to peruse the archives for the past seven articles on Mining Cole. My recommendation: buy the book, it is so good, you’ll want your own copy. Cole’s books are so good, I gave over a dozen away as Christmas presents this year. Happy New Year, may 2011 bring joy and happiness to you and your family.
Do not delay the journey to maturity because the person lacks maturity. NC, p. 150
A subtitle p. 151: New Converts Can Often Be More Effective, NC
When we allow, or even demand, that new converts wait and receive instruction and training before they can become workers, we are effectively granting them permission to be passive, inactive, selfish, and stagnant. NC, p. 150
…new converts often show more effectiveness than those who have been Christians for a long time. … There is also the advantage of still having relationships with friends who are not Christians. … All of these advantages are lost if we immobilize new converts out of a desire to protect them. NC, pgs. 151-152
We need to repent of underestimating what God can do through a new believer. NC, p. 154
… we need to repent of overestimating our own value in helping new converts grow and become strong believers. NC, p. 154
Each person you meet is a doorway into a new world. NC, p. 162
So why are we so busy planning events to attract people when relationships are actually far more effective? NC, p 162
Oikos is one’s social web of relationships. It can take the Gospel to some incredible places…. NC, p. 163