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Series 10 - The Bottom Line Yesterday, we closed out our series by talking about "The Bottom Line on Church."  It was a blast to unpack three of the richest metaphors of the church: as a building, body, & bride.

  • Global or Local? — The "Church" (capital C) is the worldwide body of believers. The "church" (little c) is a local body of believers. Both are hugely important. It's also interesting that 2/3 of the time the word 'church' is mentioned, it's a local church. The visible church is important to Christ.
  • A Body? — Jason grabbed me after service and had a thought. If the church is compared to a body, maybe the body can get sick from time to time and needs the cancerous cells cut out in order to maintain it's health. Ooooohhhh. That's good.
  • A Bride? — We talked about how the church is a bride. But, technically, not yet. Currently, we're engaged (2 Corinthians 11:1-14) to be married.
  • 7 Excuses — I found these 7 excuses on why people don't attend church from Stephen Clark Goad. I'm just listin' them. (1) Selfishness=being a taker, not a seeker. (2) Time=over-scheduled. (3) Boredom-'nuff said. (4) Weakness=unable to overcome sin. (5) Family=unsupportive/critical spouse. (6) Questioning=where was God when I was suffering? (7) Hedonism=church limits my fun.  I was thinking he missed (8) Hurt=wounded by church, (9) Irrelevance=what's the point? (10) Uninvited=didn't cross my mind/don't know if I'm welcome.
  • Tom Nelson's Examples — I had lunch with Christ Community's pastor, Tom Nelson, recently and he was kind enough to bring a copy of his book Ekklesia along. I read it & loved the illustration of Christians living a "homeless" lifestyle (instead of living in the household of God), or an "out-of-body" experience (instead of living in a local body of Christ).
  • Other Metaphors
    — We talked about the church as a building, body, & bride, but we
    left out others you could dive into further. That is, the church is a household (Ephesians 2:19), a people (1 Peter 2:9-10), and a flock (1 Peter 5:1-4).
  • Me Church — We have kicked around showing this video at Grace but haven't because we thought one comment might be misunderstood by someone. Can you guess?

Next weekend, we're going to go back to the book of Acts & explore our vision together: what does it mean to be on a journey to become an "Antiochian" church.