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If the sole purpose of the gospel message is to rescue you from hell, then once you are rescued, the business is done.  Jesus saved you.  Go on your way.

My contention is that rescue from hell is a side effect of the gospel message, but is not God’s primary intention in sending His Son into the world.

When God was creating the world, everything was good – until sometime on that sixth day of creation, when man had been created but woman had not yet been created, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone.”

Human beings are not created to live in isolation from other human beings.
We are made to live in connection with others.

Sin separates us from God, but it also separates us from each other.

The Son of Man came into the world to save the world – and a big part of saving it meant creating a group of people – a kingdom, a church, a body (use whichever term you like) – and all those who are rescued and pledge allegiance to Jesus become a part of that group, that new creation – a ‘new society’ as it were.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.  (John 13.35)

Love is the hallmark of the followers of Jesus.  Love is the hallmark of that body, that kingdom, that church.  Knowing how to love – how to live in harmony with one another, how to create harmony despite differences and conflicts between one another – is the hallmark of the followers of Jesus, of the church, of the kingdom.

It is the hallmark of heaven.

God saves us from sin, not merely so I can breathe a sigh of relief that I’ve escaped hell, but so that I can become a contributing member of that eternal kingdom characterized by love, where GOD’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. 

The seed of change has been planted in us – and we together become the seed of change planted on earth.  That kingdom is a plant that is slowly growing and spreading now and will eventually come to full flower.

God knows that it is not good to be alone because He has never been alone.  He has always been one God in three different persons who live in perfect harmony.
Human life was created with the intention of reflecting Him
Sin destroys love and poisons harmonious life with others by getting too caught up in the self.
God has moved to save us from sin, and remake (or renew) that creation.  It will eventually become what He intended – a society of people existing in harmony with Him and with one another.

That changes the picture of what a church is supposed to be about, doesn’t it?

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