What exactly is church? Is it a building, is it the people, is it the representation of the body of Christ? I would submit to you that it is all of these things. So if this is the case and the church is represented as such then what should we find within the church? Paul in his letter to the Ephesians said this…
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
So if we are all one, working together in unity, then what does that look like? How is the body built to create unity? The reality is that there is a difference between a Christian and a pre-Christian, this is by design. We are called to live a holy life, but this does not happen overnight. As a Christian community we need to be a place where non-believers feel welcome and encouraged to come to seek out the answers that they are looking for, but we also need to be a place where all people within the body can grow and can work together to strengthen and encourage one another. Sometimes this means that we need to get down in the mess with people when their lives turn messy. So with this being said, what exactly do you think the church should look like? What should the living body of Christ look like? Please be respectful in your comments, but also be open in honest. I look forward to hearing what you all have to say and pray that this would be an encouraging and uplifting forum for us all to take a look at how our involvement fits within the context of unity within the body.