God has called us to belong to Jesus and with His people. It is up to us to act as if that is true in our lived experience by affirming what we have in common and celebrating what makes us different.
A big part of what Jesus meant by “church” is the idea of “calling together” a diverse group of individuals into His family, so they can connect with one another and together carry God’s presence to the world.
Singing together is a bit counter-cultural, but the church has been doing it forever. The question is “Why do we do it?”
Though the tide of the war has turned, the war itself is far from over. There is a part for US to play.
Humanity has been caught up in a terrible war with a vicious Enemy ever since the first temptation in the Garden of Eden. Jesus’ death and resurrection provided the turning point in that terrible war, but God is calling each of us who know Him to join Him in that battle by taking our stand…
One command that humans have largely obeyed over the years is God’s glorious command to multiply and fill the earth. Embedded in this command is the idea that God made you to have sex with your spouse so you can fill the earth with baby “image-bearers.”