Last week I introduced this short series and suggested that the church needs to preserve her unique identity; and that if she does not she will inevitably disappear and the witness will be lost. Ironically, then, the thesis of this series is that the church is most missional—a Christian hipster word—when she is most distinct from, and irrelevant in, the eyes of the world. We do this by preserving our borders, language, and culture.
The church’s borders must be clearly distinguished so that it is crystal clear to everyone who is in and who is out. Just like when you pass through customs and show your passport, so too, the church must have a clear line of demarcation. What is that border? Or to put it another way, how does one cross into the kingdom of God?
The border begins with the … Read More »