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Letters to the Church

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Millions are satisfied to sit through hour-long, weekly religious services. Millions more have left the church, brokenhearted and cynical. But God is waking up his people - people who will risk everything and sacrifice anything to become the dynamic, powerful church seen in Scripture.  

We Are Church calls Christ-followers, young and old, to hold fast to their biblical roots while seeking radical change. Scripture promises an exuberant and unstoppable church. That wondrous early church of acts can be our reality today - but not until we devote ourselves to her original priorities.  

Listen to this book and be challenged, guided, and encouraged to passionately pursue God’s magnificent and beautiful vision for his church. Come and claim your part in this body of believers that is not just possible - it’s promised.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Francis Chan (P)2018 Oasis Audio

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Mind blowing stuff

I used to wonder if I was weird for looking forward to forgoing sleep in order to attend the monthly all-night meeting with a significantly smaller crowd. But through this book it's now clear that God has put something inside of us which wants to praise him with others who are serious about seeking him; especially when regular church doesn't cut it at all.

This is a superb, challenging & inspirational book written with a humble heart. I sincerely pray that the Holy Spirit will lead my family & I into seeking him more genuinely & living the Re-imagined Christian life.

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Letters of love of correction


I came with an open mind to this book. Being challenged is one thing, condemned another.

Structure does not automatically make the content right: his argument is,
Big church : problems
Small gatherings : perfect unity

But You can have the same problems affecting small groups that big churches have. And you have wonderful unity and fellowship in big churches.

I do not see any revelation from Chan’s writing. It’s all his opinion.

Leaving his church only made him more famous. It had the opposite effect that was intended. Which makes people want to listen. But controversy is not the same contrarian thinking.

He makes The Lord sound harsh, condemning and mystical unknowable at the same time.

We don’t live in the first century. There are many good reasons the church shouldn’t be the same as the first church. This is the basic problem with trying to imitate a community that did not have the same economic, medical and technology we’re now blessed with. We must hold onto to the head who is Christ, not any particular church of any age.

He humbly brags about his deep devotion but then also makes it sound like he’s unsure if he will be saved. If the the preeminent example of devotion is unsure of his salvation what hope everyone else? This could damage someone’s faith.

His idea of being stranded on an island with the Bible alone for you to interpret for the ‘true’ interpretation is also wrong. Because only the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus. Only the Holy Spirit gives truth. Revelation > interpretation. Plus the different ministries we have throughout history of faithful men and women of God deserves to be listened to and often cherished. Listening to different ministries is not only ok, it’s beautiful. Again you can have your own relationship with God and be blessed by other ministries.

I love Francis Chan as a brother in Christ. I pray he is free from error and I imagine the tangles of torment he is in trying to please God. My brother rest, rest in the finished work of Christ. Jesus has done it all. We cling to Him.

Francis if you’re reading, please read ‘Destined do reign’ by Joseph Prince. Not a perfect book. But it does unveil Jesus and the Grace of God.

If you want to listen go for it. But if after you feel condemned, inadequate and feel a sense of unclearness come in your walk, the antidote is to rest in Christ. Enter into that rest.

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makes you reflect on what is church

Excellent book - an open and honest discussion on the reality of church. Will make you reevaluate what being part of / leading the church is truly about - the body of Christ

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Engaging, thought-provoking and challenging.

Beautifully read, this book has given me much cause for thought and reflection on how my church functions and the things we value most. I am sure it will for you as well.

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Message well delivered as always

I really like this book. As usual Francis Chan clearly depicts the contents of the bible in a way that is very easy to understand. It is a very timely message all Christians should read whether your are building a church or you're part of one.

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Very challenging

This book forces the reader/listener to see the church how God intended to be seen.
Allot of what we call church is really something else.

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Prepare to be ruined for the cause!

Francis Chan in his typical style states simply and plainly that much of what passes for Church is wildly off the mark when compared to the Bible. This is not a cheap swipe at the traditional church, but a thought through, lived out reflection on how we build the church God is looking for. Compelling and humble, do NOT read this book unless you are prepared for the possibility that by the time it's done you'll be ready to forget everything you thought knew and start building the kingdom where you are.

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The BEST book! (After the Bible!!)

Francis Chan challenges every thought you've ever had about faith and church in this book!! He sets a huge test for the church body in their response to these challenges! A challenge everyone needs to be in on! Such a refreshing, much needed book!

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So good!!

it really open my eyes to what God's church should look like and I also learned alot about myself too.

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A wake up call and a must read

It's very difficult to criticise anything written in this book as pretty much everything is backed up with Biblical truth. It's important to understand Francis's heart, otherwise you may take some of the content as critical and that is the last thing intended here. My only slight feeling is that I believe there's a place for churches of all shapes and sizes in The Body of Christ and this book leans heavily towards small groups.
This small point is hugely outweighed by the challenges presented, most of which would, if applied, allow The Church to dramatically increase in influence and effect in The World, just as God always intended, no matter how unpalatable that may appear.