I have been doing some reading about the kingdom of God. Of course, it’s always easier to read about the kingdom than to incarnate the kingdom. That’s what I was reading about. The book I was reading pushed me to consider whether, as God’s community, we DO church as a means of doing God’s kingdom… or whether we do church in place of doing the kingdom. Simply put:
How well do our churches DO the kingdom of God? BE the kingdom of God? Have we gotten to the point of doing church (in the Western institutional sense) more than we DO kingdom (in the Acts 2:42-47; Jeremiah 29:4-7; Amos 5:14-15) sense?
I don’t know the answer… but I know my mind is a muddy mess about the nature of the kindgom-communiy that I hope our church plant will be.
Not knowing the answer, I pose the question to you: What things would we DO, or not DO, or keep or change… if we sought to DO the kingdom as a church, rather than just do church the way most churches today DO church?
(By the way, I love the church… so I don’t think that DOing Kingdom and Doing church are mutually exclusive!)