It has become cliché to say church is not a building but the people. Of course, it bears repeating, but if we continue to limit church to what takes place when we gather in meetings, then we have failed to grasp the point.
The word church, chosen by Jesus himself, means to come together for the good of the people. In essence, it means to rally, to come together again to prepare to face a new and common foe. When Jesus first used the term church, it was in this context, ‘And on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).
Jesus envisioned his church storming the very gates of Hell and tearing them down, not with weapons of human ingenuity, but with divine power (2 Cor. 10:4). His vision of the church was not about the gathering but what happened in response as those gathered scattered. Clearly he wants us to take the battle to the enemy.
Church is a collective of people who are actively conspiring together against the established and ongoing work of the Enemy wherever we find it and working toward its destruction. This may mean working to take back a neighborhood from crime and poverty, fighting for justice within a town counsel or working to free single moms caught up in a cycle of fear and despair.
Redeeming Mercy exists to encourage and equip men and women in order to release them into these and other battles against darkness wherever it is found.
†this is church reimagined†