Sometimes people, especially young adults, ask, “Why do I have to join the church? I love Jesus, and I want to be baptized. But what do I have to join the church?”
The Apostle Paul would not have understood a question like that. For him, following Jesus and being a committed member of Jesus’s people was as natural as breathing while walking. You can’t have one without the other.
In our main scripture for Sunday, Aug. 9, from Ephesians 4:1-6, Paul takes for granted that followers of Jesus are part of a community. And he identifies the virtues necessary for the community to practice in order to assure its strength and unity.
We will consider several stories from the recent Mennonite World Conference assembly that illustrate the critical importance of the body of Christ–for good or ill–in one’s personal faith journey.