“Ellipsis”  is the technical grammatical term for what we call “dot dot dot” (you’re welcome for the unsolicited grammar lesson). Although I’ve been known to regularly misuse the ellipsis, the proper way to use it is when omitting words or phrases from a quotation. The point of the ellipsis is to highlight that although the words you’re reading communicate the main idea, they’re not the full story.

We live in the dot dot dot of the New Testament world. In Matthew 16, Jesus said He’d build His church and in Revelation 21, we see He built the church. But what about life in the middle?

What keeps the church moving forward in the middle is how we relate to each other. The secret is not buildings or budgets or events. Those are impactful and important, but they are not the answer by themselves. I believe the answer lies in a few small verses in a letter Paul wrote from a Roman prison:

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV

If we can’t be humble, gentle, and patient with each other, we are not a community, we are a crowd. Anyone can gather a crowd and keep them happy for a little while. Wherever you live, whichever church you’re part of, and whoever you are in relationship with, always choose community over crowd!

 

K E V I N • M I L L E R


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