Jesus is not only the Sage we need; he’s the Savior we need. The wisdom of God is more than just right thinking; it’s the glories of his righteousness and the wonders of his love.
A wise community says so much about the person and work of God because a wise community shows this foolish world what shalom looks like, what true peace is.
The wisdom we need does not rise up from within us; it comes down from the wise God above as we seek him out. God offers his wisdom from his book for his people.
Humility is the currency of God’s kingdom, not because it’s easier to get but because it’s more joyous to have—and God’s kingdom is a kingdom of joy. True humility is true freedom because it looks beyond one’s self to the only Wise Person in existence.
When we face our sins, openly and honestly, and turn to God with open hands of faith, God will swallow our sins in Christ.
Jonah thought he ran from God’s presence. He thought his sin was his own personal issue. But his sin found him out. God knows, no matter where you are, if you're faithful or not. Others may not know your sin yet, but God does.
You may say, “I can be part of Christ’s cosmic church without joining a local church.” To that, I would say, “Try it.”
The entire New Testament speaks not only of the church but to the Church.
Simply put, church membership is a commitment to join Christ on his mission with his people for his glory.