Bill Hybels made a comment at the Global Leadership Summit that bothered me:
The local church is the hope of the world.
I must confess, I don’t always believe that.
Our message of forgiveness, redemption and love is hope for the world.
Our faith in the God who created the universe is hope for the world.
The power of God to heal a life, restore the hurting and mend the broken brings hope to those in hopelessness.
But local church? The local gathering of believers? We don’t always display that hope.