Church is about more than attending services on Sundays and Wednesdays, manning committees, and consoling a sense of duty to God through worship that may border more on ritual than inspirational. Church is about establishing the kingdom of heaven on earth.
Of all institutions on earth, church is the one organization that is designed to teach and demonstrate spiritual reality. Church, at its best, is an organization focused on understanding spiritual reality, demonstrating the unity of man with God, and proving the power of good over evil, conquering sin, disease and death.
When Jesus called together his first church group in the form of the twelve disciples, he set the standard for all church work. He sent them out to share with their neighbors the truth that he had shared with them. He instructed, “Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!” (Matt. 10:7,8, NLT).
Church work, done right, results in people experiencing more of the presence of heaven in their lives, and less suffering. “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10, KJV), Jesus taught his followers to pray.
Within the true purpose of church, is the grandest and noblest of ideals for humanity to strive for. Political, economic and social goals pale compared to uniting all mankind into the one Mind of Love, healing the sick with truth and love, restoring hope, life and health to those who suffer, and demonstrating heaven on earth.
When all activities of church are focused on the divine ideal of demonstrating the presence of heaven, squabbling among members, selfishness, hurt feelings, apathy, indifference, fear, and their kin, will vanish from church memberships. Congregations will not be focused on themselves, but on loving and healing their neighbor. And these congregations will grow.