This blog post has been converted into a chapter in JESUS MANIFESTO.
The focus of the NT is on Jesus Christ and God’s Eternal Purpose in Him. A big part of that is the ekklesia … as I point out in “From Eternity to Here.” http://www.FromEternitytoHere.org – but ekklesia as God sees it is not the same as “church” as commonly used today.
Rather than the church being “focused on itself” … which I don’t see … most Christians don’t know what God’s eternal purpose is and how He views the ekklesia.
You can’t separate kingdom from church, just as Body and Head can’t be separated. One leads to the other when properly understood.
The problem today is that the Christian world is largely focused on “issues” instead of her Lord and His ultimate intention. “Jesus Manifesto” goes into this in detail.
Thx. for your comment.
Frank, can we say that the church’s focus would be better placed on the Kingdom, than on itself? As our eternal focus is on Christ, and He is the good news, and He Himself consistently announced the Kingdom in the proclamation of that good news, can we find our best attention expressed in the same directions? This seems to be what the church of the NT does, and what the one who is the object of our faith has done. The church’s attention today, perhaps, would be seen directed towards itself. You are right, the Kingdom or the Church isn’t an issue of importance over and against one another, but it seems there’s a difference in flow and attention. I’m not expressing this as eloquently as you might, but perhaps I am getting through?