Many people ask, why church? The short answer is because God the Holy Spirit forms church to be a colony of heaven in the country of death. Church is the core element in the strategy of God. Church is the human witness and physical presence of the kingdom of heaven in this broken world. Church is not that kingdom complete. But it is the witness to God's kingdom.
Church is the gathering of actual people in local places, people who practice a life of resurrection in a world in which death gets the biggest headlines. The practice of resurrection is the intentional, deliberate decision to believe and participate in resurrection life, life out of death, life that trumps death—Jesus' life.
These practices are neither vague nor wishful. Practicing resurrection comprises discrete but interlocking acts that maintain a credible and faithful way of life—Real Life—in a world preoccupied with death. These practices include:
- worship of the Triune God
- the acceptance and embrace of a resurrection, born-from-above identity
- prayer that connects with realities inaccessible to material senses
- confession and forgiveness of sins
- welcoming the stranger and outcast
- working and speaking for peace and justice, healing and truth, sanctity and beauty
- care for creation
The long answer to "Why church?" will be our focus throughout autumn.
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Traditionally called a sermon; usually signifying a one-way discourse. However, sermon can be a conversation. As was practiced in the earliest centuries of the church, Sunday sermons conclude with Q&A.