The book discussion of Finding Church continues on our discussion forum with Chapter 10: The Family Way. With this chapter we begin the second part of the book, where we can train our eyes tor recognize the church that Jesus is building in the world and how it differs from the one humanity is building. The two can co-exist in the same environment, but the human versions are always preoccupied with corporate realities–doctrines, programs, budgets, policies, and order.
The church Jesus is building has its focus on him and learning to follow him. It prizes love as a way of living, healthy relationships with other believers and the world, and functions is a functional family rather than a corporation.
Seeing the church as a family will help you tune into that reality and then you’ll live in a way that allows you to see and connect with her.
Excerpt from Chapter 10:
In the old creation, people tend to be more self-focused: trying to be loved, rather than loving. They are more preoccupied with meetings and activities than they are with sharing friendship. The relationships they do have are mostly task-based, and only last as long as they are working or meeting together. The family way, however, encourages friendships to flourish because people enjoy being together and genuinely care about one another. They share laughter even through difficult circumstances. They serve one another in times of need, and that even extends to strangers in need who cross their paths.
You can find the discussion board here and see the list of topics we’ve covered. You can start at Chapter 1 and work your way through, or just join us in Chapter 10.