Saturday, January 31, 2015

When it comes to football, family and faith . . .

When it comes to football, our family is sharply divided on Saturdays (Oregon Ducks vs. Oregon State Beavers) yet clearly united on Sundays (Seattle Seahawks). 

When it comes to faith, I long for unity. I'm so glad the evangelical church is once again beginning to understand its place within the broader church, within the much larger family of God, and within the much, much larger kingdom of God.

God’s kingdom. God’s family. God’s church. 

They’re not the same, but how are they different?

At the risk of oversimplifying what the Bible teaches, allow me to use the image of three concentric circles. 

In the first and smallest sphere, we see God’s church.

In the second sphere, which encompasses God’s church, we see God’s even bigger family.

In the third sphere, which encompasses both God’s church and God’s family, we see God’s much bigger kingdom.

Thankfully, Scripture doesn't blur the distinction between these three spheres. 
So, let’s look at them briefly one by one in coming days. 

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