Jesus is to be Lord of the church. The church is to embody Jesus to the world. Do we reflect the love of God in Christ to one another and to the world? How else can the world know of Him?
We hear a lot about declining church attendance and the exodus of young people from the church. Many reasons exist for such trends, but one in particular is well-illustrated by an interesting and surprising contrast. Community proves important: if many do not feel any pain about what the relationships are leaving or losing when departing from the faith, why would we be surprised to find them departing?
Western society is all about #1: me. Rampant individualism is the name of the game today in society and all too often in religion. But is life all about me? What is God’s purpose for me in Christ?
By necessity the church represents a community, a group of people who maintain association on account of a common cause. How strong is that community? How can we strengthen the community of God’s people so we may more fully accomplish His purposes?