This quote landed in my inbox this morning. It was so beautiful I had to share.
“The work of Jesus was not a new set of ideals or principles for reforming or even revolutionizing society, but the establishment of a new community, a people that embodied forgiveness, sharing, and self-sacrificing love in its rituals and discipline. In that sense, the visible church is not to be the bearer of Christ’s message, but to be the message.” (Peter Steinfels, On John Howard Yoder, qtd. in The New Christians)