So I’m struggling with this concept of the Kingdom as a preview of heaven. I mean, it’s not mainly about the assembly — right? It’s not about whether we can achieve a phenomenal emotional high on Sunday morning — not that that would be a bad thing. But we can’t let the assembly substitute for a community shaped like the cross.
So how does a local congregation become a community? I mean, what draws a few hundred people together into a spiritual community? How does that happen?
Well, I’m no sociologist or anthropologist, but I think the answer is shared passion and shared experiences.
I mean, I’m an Alabama football fan. I go to many of the games. I watch them all. And so that makes me a part of the “Bama Nation” (even though I’m not a fan of the term since it started with, I think, Florida and “Gator Nation”). Continue reading