When we explore what kind of community the church is, we find scriptures like 1 Peter 2:9-10 lay out some wonderful characteristics and a truly awesome identity in God…
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
We see God’s identity on His people as:
An elect citizenship, relatives. An order of people devoted to the King. A pure ethnicity, physically, emotionally and spiritually. A peculiar ‘belonging-to-God’ people. A “mercied” community. Wow!
So, what do you think of this statement? “While churches & Christian communities don’t have exclusive rights to the virtues of love, truth, service, forgiveness, hard work .. we are different based on ‘why’ and ‘how’ we love, speak the truth, serve, forgive, work hard etc.”
Why and How do Christian communities/churches behave differently?