What if one's congregation were to disappear tomorrow (a non-terrorist plane crash or something) and the council decides not to rebuild a new church, would the community care? Would the town council or community leaders try to convince the church to stay running because the congregation shows the mercy of Christ to the community? Would it make a difference to the world surrounding them? Would anybody care?
This is a tough situation to think about. Are we as a church, not only confessing the truth of Christ with great clarity, showing the mercy of God to those outside our walls? As Reggie McNeal reminds us in "Present Future", are we in the blessing or the institution business?
As Jesus prayers to the father, "As I was sent into the world, I am sending them into the world." May we go into the world to bless people, to make a difference in people's lives, and at the same time continue to be fed by the shepherd of Christ.