This January, we will turn our attention to a series called Why Church? Many people today believe that they can know God apart from the church. Others have been hurt by negative experiences at church. Yet, in the New Testament, the gathered church is the most recognizable evidence in the world of what God has done in Christ. The church comes into being by the eternal plan and purpose of God. It is a holy assembly of disciples making disciples. The church multiplies through mission and mentoring. It is the primary place where God’s wisdom and glory are on display in the vibrant, diverse, and growing family of God. The church is the functioning body of Christ in the world where every person has a vital role. As the church spreads throughout the earth, heaven and earth are joined together through prayer, suffering, and witness. May we grow strong in faith and humble in our privilege as Christ’s church this new year.