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Believe in the Church: We are the original politically incorrect people

Who doesn’t love the birth of a baby? On the Day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts 2, we see the birth of the church. In our reading in BELIEVE, we see four elements in Acts about the church:
    The community emerges (Acts 1:1-11; 2:1-41).     The commission of the church enlarges to include Judea and Samaria (Acts 8:1-8, 14-17, 25; 9:31).      The congregation expands to even the Gentiles as seen in Acts 11:1-18).      And ultimately, conversions to ends of the earth “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “’I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” See Acts 13:47 and Acts 13:1-3, 38-52.

   The church, or God’s called out ones (which is what the word church in the New Testament language really means), is called out to be independent from the world. In other words, the church was the original politically incorrect society of believers. Somehow, we have convinced ourselves that if only we were more like the world that the…