I’ve discovered that there are two very different views of the church, the view that the church exists to be transforming lives, and the view that the church is to carry out social justice or good works in the community. The transformative view of the church is biblically correct because it is the gospel that is the church’s treasure to change lives with. Focus on social change through human works really doesn’t do good works. Good works flow from lives so impacted by the gospel that they walk in the good works prepared by God for them. They don’t do good in order to effect supposed social change, they are made good from within and thus everything around them must change truly by virtue of the power of the gospel.

The gradual progress of the gospel, not in self-made men and women is what is hopeful. Self-made men and women run out of steam, but the grace of God through Jesus Christ is inexhaustible.

Therefore, be sure to hold dear to a transformative view of the church.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:1–2