The church grew by attraction. That is the First Testament norm.
John Goldingay, Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Faith, vol. 2 (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 205.
It has been said that the attractional model of church is dead. I thought of that when I read these two sentences in Goldingay. Perhaps we need to rethink the concept.
John say that people outside the church will know we are Christians by our love. By our love. They’ll know we are Christians by our love.
If people saw that, they would be attracted to the church, wouldn’t they?
It isn’t about attendance, buildings, and cash, the ABCs. It isn’t about programs, ministries, and events. It’s about love. We will attract others when we truly love one another.
I’m afraid we are failing at that.