I just saw a clip of Bill Johnson's latest sermon. He made an interesting reference to something he heard once..."The disciples belonged before they believed."
Seriously...it's really a shocking statement when you consider how often the church tends to allow belonging AFTER belief. Not before though...that might taint things.
It makes me really appreciate the ministries and the people who open their arms to anyone...loving whomever...without the requirement of appearances or behavior for club membership. No, they offer community as a demonstration of the love and grace of Jesus without requiring belief as a prerequisite. That's so humble and so powerful...so free.
Something I want to shoot for in my relationships with others...