Hills to Die On

It's an old phrase, but a telling one: Which hills are you prepared to die on? Meaning, which stands are you going to take no matter the cost? For what are you prepared to die? Your answer will determine your core values, and until they are established, your church will not have a defined DNA. And that means it will not be set apart.

If you were to compare the Christian churches in your city by doctrinal statement, there probably wouldn't be much disparity. Most will not veer from the original Nicene Creed established by the early church. If you were to compare them by purpose, again, you won't find too many wavering from evangelism, ministry, discipleship, community and worship. We all get cute with nomenclature, but we don't drift far from these five core purposes.

Even comparing your church to other churches in terms of mission won't reveal much to the average observer. The Great Commission is pretty clear; the lesson of the sheep and the goats is apparent. In one form or another, we're going to have a mission that embraces evangelism and discipleship along with social ministry; in a phrase, "the least and the lost."

So what separates churches?

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