​I understand why “church” often is reduced to sitting in impersonal rows to watch a well-staged “service” each week by a scripted speaker and his “worship” team.

Even though that has nothing to do with church as the New Testament shows or commands it …

It eliminates the hard work of us actually being the church.

In contrast, the New Testament teaches us to be a functional community which, among other things, gathers together for unassuming ministry one to another …

As we strengthen and encourage each other through the diverse gifts and abilities God distributes among us.