We can move beyond merely surviving to a thriving life with Jesus when we know him genuinely and risk loving others the way that he loves us. There are risks in loving others, but the potential for thriving only comes in community.
If we want to evaluate ministry effectively and continue to improve it, we need to do it with the proper understanding of Jesus as the church’s owner and the mission Jesus defined for his people.
The experience and exercise of God’s power among God’s people not only solves problems and meets needs within the church, but also connects us with God more intimately and demonstrates his power through the gospel.
A church empowered by the Holy Spirit can inspire respect, but it is even more noticeable when it serves its community and transforms the lives of real people by effectively communicating God’s good news.
The church embodies the gospel in our own experience of forgiveness and in how we walk with God and invite others to experience his grace.
God didn’t redeem us and call us as his servants because we were so impressive. He chose us out of his grace and love, the same grace and love that we are called to share with those around us.
A healthy church consists of servants defined by a unified desire for God’s kingdom. These servants are responsible in the relationships God gives them and are successful in their mission because they experience the gospel of Jesus Christ even as they testify to his resurrection.
People ready to BE a church are unified in prayer and allegiance to Jesus, directed by faithful preaching of God’s Word, and obedient to God’s commands.
Being the church means recognizing our identity as God’s people, committing to his mission, and depending on his power to engage the world with him.
Biblical leaders shepherd the people for whom they are responsible, tangibly expressing God’s care for us. In response, godly servants submit willingly to authority, recognizing that God establishes authorities in our lives.
If the end is near, we ought to use the time and resources that God gives us wisely, praying, loving, and serving one another.