Thank you to Dave Black for reminding us of “the true marks of the church” (Sunday, March 1, 2:42 pm):
Our fellowship has the true marks of the church — love for Christ and love for others. However biblical a church may be, however orthodox its theology, however properly it may “observe the sacraments,” however accurately it may “preach the Word,” it is not a true church unless it is characterized by love and mutual edification. So let me thank the sister who reminded me this morning of the importance of forgiveness, the brother who reminded me that church is not a place but a people, the sister who reminded me that God is still in the miracle-working business, and the brother who reminded me that I am saved by grace alone. I have not earned it, nor could I earn it.
I also thank God for those brothers and sisters in Christ who often demonstrate “the true marks of the chruch” toward us and those around them.