The church is there to create the space in which people can find that they have been found by God.
But, we need to flesh this out a little.
The message of the Bible can be summarised as follows:
If you want to know what God looks like, look at Jesus. If you want to know what Jesus looks like, read the Gospels and look at the church. Which is a scary thought.
These quotes are from Bishop Nick Baines blog. I commend his blog for its insight and willingness to address controversial topics. But I do the usual trick of the pompous writer. I publish his quote because I agree with it. Utterly.
Now. Is our church worth looking at? If people look, will they see Jesus?