If we spend all of our time trying to discern who is the truest “true church”, I believe we contradict the vision contained in Revelation. As churches and denominations, we should continue to develop our unique accent or voice in God’s great choir—realizing that we might miss a note from time to time, and that there will be some dissonance, but that the most important part is that we are all singing the same song, glorifying the King.
Elijah's example teaches us the importance of following God in all that we do.
God cares for our bodies just as much as he cares for our souls.
God reveals himself in the scriptures that he as given to us.
The Biblical mantra reminds us over and over again what it means to be in covenantal relationship with God. It is not a privilege to be flaunted, but a sacred obligation to be for each other.
Like many of the writers in the collection, it took leaving the church I grew up in to find my way to a new understanding of God. But in fact, this “faith journey” was a kind of return—to something my childhood church community had once known, but forgotten.