Is the Church a Laboratory?

Yesterday, I got the new CBD “Pastor’s Resources” catalogue in the mail.  In it, they have a few quotes from Pastors like John MacArthur and Rick Warren, and the Warren quote stuck out to me in an interesting way.  Let me know what you think:

“I started Saddleback Valley Community Church in Orange County, California, in 1980, and spent the next 15 years testing, applying, and refining the principles, processes, and practices in Purpose-Driven Church.  Like a research and development center, we’ve experimented with all kinds of approaches to reaching, teaching, training, and sending out God’s people.  Saddelback has served as a labratory for everything written in the book.  The results have been very gratifying and, I believe, brought glory to God.  I am continually humbled by God’s power to use ordinary people in extraordinary ways.”

So what do you think?  Anything in that statement jump out at you?

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  1. Where’s God? Where’s a Scriptural basis? I’m reminded of how specific God was about worship in the OT and how it brought judgment upon those who ignored His instructions and did things their own way or “almost” God’s way. I might pay attention to the man if he had said he studied Scripture diligently all this time in order to be obedient. Is there room for creativity? sure… but you better start with Scripture first. The order is Scripture… then your ideas. Not attempting to back up your ideas with out of context verses, as he does in his book.


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