Let’s turn to chapter 3. I tell my own story here of the awakening in my heart through religious ways of exploring the church in hopes of help you see that awakening in your own story. Those institutional methods fell short, I soon discovered that “I had been living int he church most of my life without recognizing her because I was so busy trying to create a version of my own.” Let’s find out how you may have missed her too and how she is already taking shape around you.
Can you look back at even unhealthy congregational environments you might have been in and find that you had real relationships with people that reflected the Lord’s glory? What traits in a relationship stimulate your desire to follow Jesus, and what traits in a relationship turn out to distract you?