New communities spring up at coffeehouses, on Habitat for Humanity worksites, or at 5k races. What makes any of them a church?
If the church is the bride of Christ, then Jesus is married to both Rachel and Leah—to the church he wants, and to the church he has to take.
Everyone knew the family's problems, but there was never a word of judgment or even pity. The congregation was just being the church.
To build stronger communities, we need to get in the habit of recognizing what undergirds our relationships. We can't afford to take it for granted.