Some observers look at the growing church in China and Africa, and see a bright future for the church. Others look at the shrinking church in the West and see a gloomy future. Who can really tell what the future holds? Bobby Gruenewald of LifeChurch.tv expressed his confidence in the following dimensions of the future of the church in a recent Outreach Magazine article:
- The church of the future will prevail
- The church of the future will have an increasingly global perspective
- The church of the future will be more united
- The church of tomorrow starts today
The Bible says that not even the gates of Hell will prevail against the church, so those who believe the Bible will be confident that tomorrow’s church will prevail. It is easy to see only the small picture when you are struggling, but for 2000 years the church has survived though even the darkest of times. Information and knowledge can now be shared more quickly and effectively than at any time in the past, so the international church has become much more of a reality. Greater opposition in coming years will mean that those who belong to the church will become more united. We get to decide how we will contribute to the church of the future.