One of the most important passages for me in understanding the church and its mission is 1 Peter 2:9-12,
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
In this 15-minute video, Jeff Vanderstelt begins with that great text and then shares how the network of churches he leads in Tacoma Washington have worked that out in the "ordinary" stuff of every day life:
If you have a few minutes, check it out and let me know what you think....