The new creation can express itself everywhere, including in our traditional congregations. This chapter gives us a chance to look at how we can recognize it taking shape there and help us discern where the group dynamics reflect the priorities of Jesus’ kingdom and where the wittingly or unwittingly detract from it. Many people who want to know Jesus usually look first at those places we’ve called “church” for so long.
All our human constructions are a bit of a mixed bag. Looking for perfect reflections of the new creation will exhaust you. Better yet to celebrate the new creation where you find it in the hearts of people than looking for a group that is able to fully reflect it.