What is the Church?
Someone rightly commented that the challenge the church faces is ultimately one of identity. We’ve forgotten who we are. People live out of who they believe they are. If we see ourselves as individuals on a doctor’s list – we’ll show up to the “doctor’s office” when we’re feeling sick. Yet, if we see ourselves as part of a platoon at war with earth’s greatest enemy we’ll fight to the death with our fellow soldiers. So, according to God’s word, who are we as God’s community? What exactly is the church?
How do these describe Christ’s church?
One of the purposes of the church is to preach the gospel and make disciples. A big part of this is showing the world the love of Christ that we share together. In order for this to happen, the church needs to work together as a team.
How will the world see this?
It’s important to note that the love of Christ is a sacrificial love that is unconditional. The world has friendship love and romantic love – both of which are conditional upon the other person offering something of value in the relationship. The love of Christ is unique. He loves us despite the fact that we’ve given Him no reason to love us – and only sin against Him. Thus, we love everyone regardless of what they offer us.