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Belonging To An Ordinary Church (via Eric Raymond)

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Eric Raymond reminds us that while we may think we gather with an insignificant church, wherever the Gospel is central to belief and life you are part of the most important organisation on earth:

From the article:

When you read that word ordinary, what do you think of? Common synonyms include unimpressive, typical, normal, and common. As soon as you attach these synonyms to a noun, you will draw conclusions: My day was typical. The movie was unimpressive. The book was average. When we think about the church in general and our church in particular, we might be a bit embarrassed to call it “ordinary.” But what if you don’t have thousands of members, a massive building, or the reputation for being the “cool church?” What if you are just a church? What if you are an ordinary ministry? Is this OK?
Here is the bottom-line reality: the church is the most important organization on the planet. Its importance and inherent value is not dependent upon size but substance. Let’s remember that the church has the highest calling on the planet. Her job is to glorify God. There is nothing more noble nor important than this. This does not impugn the importance of other organizations that do very good things, but it does relativize them. Nothing takes the place of prominence like the church. The church is the bride of Christ.
The church also has a tremendous impact on our present lives. As Christians gather and work together to hear and apply God’s word, they are serving to encourage each other to find our joy, identity, hope, meaning and purpose in God. We work together to glorify God by finding our true contentment in God. What a difference this is from where we were prior to conversion!
Furthermore, the church has the greatest impact. While many organizations may boast of real help for people in this world (and I praise God for them) only the church can truly say that it brings help in this world and the next. The church is involved in rescuing sinners from an eternity in hell. Think about this: we rejoice in a group that is able to help people get over addictions and enjoy a meaningful life. But, as good as this is, it only has an impact for a handful of decades. How much more does the church shine in her mission to seek and save the lost from eternal suffering?

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