About a year after planting [our church], I remember a couple humbly sharing about a job opportunity that would take them to another state. This brother honestly asked the body to help them decide whether or not God would have him take this job and move away from the local body.
The author, quite transparently, recounts his immediate impression:
“I was a little weirded out.”
A job was a personal decision. It’s not the church’s business where I work as long as I’m not driving a beer truck on Sunday, right? But God used this humble brother to show me what a life lived in community truly means. My understanding of the church started to grow.
These are excerpts of a letter from members of a church who, a few years later, were themselves moved by the Lord to another area. What they write is a powerful illustration of what the church by God’s grace can be, indeed, should be.
Here’s their closing exhortation to the congregation:
So do not despise the simple acts of grace to your brothers. Live life together. Make decisions together. Continue to care for each other.Love the Gospel. Seek the good of the city. Pursue the glory of God in all.
Carpe Diem In Dei Gloriam
You can read the whole thing here.