• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Who We Are is First

The community of believers, the church, should be described first as those who have been lovingly called out by God to become part of His family, His body, and His people: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2.9-10)

Ed put it this way in his comment to my post yesterday: “When thinking of the church theologically and globally, it cannot be defined by form or size but can be defined primarily by relationship and secondarily by function.” 

Most people, however, talk about church primarily (or perhaps exclusively) in terms of what we do at church.

So, let’s consider this situation: A young Cambodian woman comes to Christ next week through a study which you facilitate.  How, and by what means, will you help her begin to grasp the concept that ‘church’ is first of all a community of believers, defined by their relationship to God?

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