In this clip, with Acts 2:36ff as his text, Pastor Efrem describes the church as the expression of the invitation to the party of God's kingdom -- and questions why so few are saying yes. There's nothing wrong with the party, but the invitation needs some work. We need to rethink church to make that invitation better. When we bring health care, justice, and truth -- when we bring healing -- we're bringing an invitation to the kingdom of God. And everyone's invited. Just look at the multicultural diversity and fellowship unity of the early church.
Efrem Smith is the senior pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, with the vision to be an urban, multi-ethnic, relevant, holistic, and Christ-centered community. He has held leadership positions in organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Hip-Hop Church.