Our worth and value is found not in doing but in being - we are created in the image of God and Jesus has defined our inherent value by deciding that we are worth dying for. Understanding this heart of the Gospel will help us understand our value both as individual people and as the Church.
The "why" of the Gospel draws us to a lifestyle of commitment, not to an institution.
A commitment to worship, to mission, and to community.
This "why" of the Gospel is relationship - with God, with the lost, and with each other.
In Acts we see that the early Church
- Lived a lifestyle of devotion.
- Were intentionally active in unity.
- Were externally focused.
This is not just a historical statement, but a theological statement about God’s presence in the community of believers, an ecclesiological statement about the priorities of an authentic church, and a missiological statement about the process by which the church expands.
Our culture as the church should not be defined by our past experiences and traditions but by the Kingdom of God. If our focus as a church is on production - everything that we do - rather than dependent worship to our king, then we have fundamentally missed the mark.