The Messy and Crucial Church
The Church is far from perfect because it is made up of imperfect people. Our common bond is our realization of our brokenness and our reception of Jesus as our Savior and Lord.
There will be some Christians—your brothers and sisters—with whom you will click and others with whom you will never quiet understand what makes them tick!
• In what ways has your church experience been both “messy” and “crucial”?
The Church, like an embassy, reflects the values of the kingdom of God. Prior to the Ascension, the New Testament declares Jesus to be the clearest representation on earth of God.
After the Ascension, the New Testament clearly portrays the Church as the physical representation of Christ on the earth. We are His body; we are His flock; we are His bride; we are His family.
• When people who are spiritual disconnected see our church at Trace Ridge, what qualities of God might they notice?
God specializes in using broken vessels to display His character. As we bump into each other in the messy Church, we are knocking off the ways of the world and polishing the reflection of the character of God. We learn to love God by loving people—messy, broken people.
Let us resolve to cherish our relationship with God’s Church and to serve faithfully and accurately as ambassadors for Christ.