Some years back I remember Tim Stiemann, now a pastor in Houston, teaching our kids a song: “I am the church, you are the church; we are the church together.” This is pretty advanced theology. “The church is not a building,” the song says. It’s not an institution, either, and it does not consist in a short list of leaders. It really is all of us, every one, those who feel important and those who don’t. Kids and teenagers too: this stuff applies to you too.
I was both encouraged and challenged by reading a recent article in a theological journal from Covenant Seminary (my alma mater) that insisted that reading and study of the Gospels needed to be paramount in the life of the church. The article is entitled, “Not by Paul Alone: The Importance of the Gospels for Reformed Theology and Discipleship” (Presbyterion, Volume XXXIX, #2, Fall 2013). The author is Michael F. Bird who is a theological professor in Australia.