The church as God’s family

“The Scriptures command us as God’s family to encourage and build up one another, instruct one another, teach and admonish one another, prompt one another toward love and good deeds, serving one another in love. We teach people how to relate to each other in these ways, telling stories of the powerful abilities they have to develop one another. When small group communities learn to be the voice of God, looking for the potential God sees in each person, encouraging the development of each other, amazing things happen. People realise they’re not alone, and gain new courage to try new things.

That’s the kind of family the whole world wants. A family that provides love and support, encouragement and prodding to develop into the people God intended us to be. Just like no natural family can be perfect, no small group family and no church family will be perfect either – but as we continually lead the culture toward this vision for God’s intended community, people will develop and help others develop.”

– John Burke, No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church

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