The third of three talks from Lee Abbey 2018.
Today, you often hear church leaders (and members) claim that the church is too inward-looking, it needs to become more outward-looking. The strange thing is that when we read the New Testament, we find Paul and the other leaders of the early church urging their congregations to love one another, and this far outweighs any concern for those outside the church.
How do we make sense of this ‘inward bias’ in the early church, especially given the paradoxical growth of the early church and their impact on society. Might it be that visible communities of believers who display God’s love in their life together are an essential part of God’s strategy for changing the world?