Judges 7:5 and 1 Samuel 20:19 speak of “a mother in Israel.” Deborah’s administration provided benefits to the people, but it is the image of a city as a mother that persists. Jerusalem of old nourished and sustained its inhabitants in community; new Jerusalem, the church, ought to serve the same function!
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?