I came across this quote the other day:
“In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centered on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America, where it became an enterprise.”Richard Halverson, the former chaplain of the United States Senate
When I think about one of the great challenges in the church today, identity crisis always comes to mind. The church has lost sight of its identity. The church is at its best when it resembles the church from the book of Acts in its context as best as possible. The Christian faith is a movement, a mission, not an institution or an enterprise.