Sometimes, the church can demonstrate what heaven will be. And the experience of it cannot be easily described in textbooks. Please don’t mistake my point for some anti-theological, existential mumbo-jumbo. Because we only know exactly what it is we’re experiencing through the testimony of the written Word, shown to us by the Spirit in our study and lived out in our experience.
I know that this morning I experienced a piece of heaven, a true living out of the Gospel community. Christ was exalted by his people — people once lost and now found, people who were, at that same moment, reaching toward those still lost. Our church prayed about our mission, while living our mission, praying for those we haven’t met and for those we have. We exalted the Lamb who was slain, and pointed the way for those who have not yet bathed under His cleansing flood of righteousness.
I think it was a glimpse of what God intended the church to be: people made alive worshipping the risen Son, and praying that we might shine the light of the Gospel in a dark place.