Aligning with the Church

There is something more profound than a developed soul. There is something more influential than a Christian mind. There is something more compelling than a call. This great enterprise gathers these elements together and places them in a context of such cosmic significance that Jesus declared it would be "so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out" (Matthew 16:18 The Message).

He was referring to the church.

Jesus made this staggering claim because the church would be His ongoing incarnation on planet earth. The church is His body, His presence, His life – the means for His ongoing ministry to the world, not simply as the universal body of believers around the world, but as concrete communities of faith gathered together in the name of Christ as mission outposts to the world. And you cannot fulfill God's plan for your life, much less change the world, apart from taking your place in its mission and ministry, community and cause.

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