Our Sufferings Benefit the Church

“The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.”

The Christian’s journey is the journey of Jesus. And that journey involves isolation, confusion, and sadness. It means having bad friends. Jesus is constantly upset with his disciples. They are insensitive to his needs, especially when he needs them most. But we are tasked with leaving the safety and security within the city and required to go to Jesus outside the camp, at the place of sacrifice. That means that we can’t just leave the church behind when its been bad to us. I left an abusive church at one point, there’s a big difference between an abusive church and a frustrating church. All churches are frustrating. They’re full of sinners. Not all churches are full of abuse. It is not loving to the abusers to stay in that community, and it will not benefit you spiritually to try to remain. Leave the abusive churches behind, commit to the frustrating churches.

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