While He was on earth, Jesus announced that the kingdom of God was at hand. Yet when He was raised from the dead and returned back to the Father, the apostles did not go with Him. With our eyes opened to the final act of God’s story, it is easy to lose sight of God’s purpose for us in this world. God is continuing His redemption mission here on earth. And His church, the ordinary, Spirit-empowered followers of Christ, is His Plan A and there is no Plan B.
The church is not an activity but an identity. The church is not the building but the Body of Christ. The church is not a program but the people of God saved by the power of God for the mission of God. The church has been given resurrecting power through Christ to bring the fullness of Christ into every nook and cranny in this broken world.