If we genuinely believe that the church is actually the primary unit of the ‘Christian life’, (rather than the individual) then this has massive implications for how we live our lives and how we follow Jesus.
The ‘I’ always becomes secondary to the ‘we’.
In our individualised western world this is abhorrent. And to be sure, this opens the door to terrible abuses of power, but then it also opens the door to rich and inspiring experiences of community that we have probably never imagined possible.
I am convinced of the truth of this concept, but I am not at all convinced of how I ought to live it, or live it with others.
The implications are significant – huge even. I discuss possible new jobs with my church considering the impact my job would have on us. I discuss my pay rise with my community because that has an impact on us. I share my sin and my struggles with my community because that impacts us.
I think it all sounds very foreign – and it is, but I wonder if it isn’t closer to the plan that the way we currently live?…
What would it require of us to live like this in Australia today?…
Would we even dare to consider it?
As we read the Bible the primary unit of the Christian faith is clearly ‘us’, but I think we have lost that so badly we cannot even conceive of how it may look again.divx big fish