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The Pulse, with Joseph Mattera
Thursday, January 12, 2017
10 Traits of the Jesus-Driven Church
Local congregations are called to become Christ-like in their methodology, mission and essence.
Local congregations are called to become Christ-like in their methodology, mission and essence. (bertknot/Flickr/CC)
The Word of God teaches us in Romans 8:29 that believers were predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Since this was written to the church in Rome, we understand the subject of the verse as the corporate body of Christ. Hence, local congregations are called to become Christ-like in their methodology, mission and essence.

Although there are numerous attributes that can be unpacked, in this article, I am narrowing the focus to 10 traits every Jesus-driven church must have. Of course, there was only one perfect human who ever lived (Jesus Christ) which means every other person and or community will fall far short of His glory, no matter how hard they try. The best we can ever do is to attempt to walk in His grace on our journey, understanding we will never find a perfect church or entity this side of heaven.

That being said, the following are 10 traits every Jesus-driven church must (attempt to) walk in on its journey:

1. A spirit of joyful service: Jesus taught that the greatest in the kingdom is the one who serves (Matt. 23:11). He modeled this when He kneeled down and washed the feet of His disciples (John 13). This was totally against the Roman/Greco ethos of His day, which taught that humbling oneself before others who were not your superior in rank was inappropriate and unacceptable. Consequently, the Jesus driven church will celebrate voluntary service for the good of others.

2. An expectation of the miraculous: When the apostle Peter was preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, He described Jesus as the One who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). Thus, Jesus was equated with the miraculous power of God when men were describing Him. read more
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