This has been marinating in my head for some time now. It’s a call to return to loving the Bride that Christ. Kingdom work is done in and through the Church. It spills it out into the public sector. We need a place to be equipped, empowered, and encouraged. The Local Church is where we practice the virtues of faith, hope, and charity. Where else can be trained to be agents of God’s Kingdom? We need to be with others who are spurring us towards good works. We need the local church and we need to see it as God’s place of rule and reign.
Kingdom mission is now defined for us by the word kingdom: it means living under king Jesus with other king Jesus people who also follow king Jesus’ will in king Jesus’ space. (Save that issue of land and space for some other time, as it is not a crucial element to my book.)
God’s mission is the church, that is, God’s mission is the Body of Christ, that is, God’s mission is to rule in Christ over those who submit to Christ’s rule. Those who submit to that rule are kingdom people, that is, church people. God’s mission is the church.
– Scot Mcknight (Jesus Creed Blog)