{Romans 12:4-5; ESV}

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

“We're looking for a church that meets our needs.” It seems like I've heard this one a thousand times. The phenomenon of church shoppers has profoundly shaped the contemporary church. The entire conversation is not about relevance but convenience. The focus is not in serving the world; the church itself became the focal point. Our motto degenerated from “We are the church, here to serve the lost a broken world” to “What does the church have to offer me?” This move has made the pastor the only minister, while making the members the only recipients of ministry. What is lost in this process is an army of healers touching the planet.

Erwin McManus, An Unstoppable Force, pp. 29-30

Questions to consider:

  • What do you think is purpose of the Church?
  • What is God's desire for the Church?
  • Why is it important for us to live out God's purpose for the Church?
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