Joseph, over at “Awakening Journal“, discusses the church in a post called “Church As God Intended It; or Thought Equations On The Glorious Church“. While describing “the church as God intended it”, he covers many topics, including discipleship, community, giving, barriers, and structures. Consider his first point as an example:
Everyday believers are equipped and empowered to evangelize the lost, disciple believers, and plant new churches. This is simply lowering the bar on what it means to “do” church and raising the bar on what it means to be a disciple. Thought equation: disciplemaking skills = church planting skills.
I think it is important for us to determine what God intended for the church. That is the main reason that I am studying ecclesiology. I realize that many people have been hurt by the church; I haven’t. I know that others became frustrated with the church; I didn’t. I began to question my understanding of the church after studying Scripture. So, I believe it is very important for us to understand what God says about the church.
Can you think of other ways to describe “the church as God intended it” or other questions that need to be asked?