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Being the People of God
God’s people are part of a grand narrative arc. That story can’t be told without the ancient nation of Israel, which is an example we can study to understand how God works with His people. Israel was rescued from slavery; God extends grace, and that is what defines who His people are. They are set apart by obedience, but that specialness is for a purpose beyond themselves. God’s purpose extends to the whole of humanity. His people are to be a nation of priests, connecting God to people and people to God. They do that by being holy. Holiness is practical. It is a way of being rooted in individual morality, but expressed collectively. Because God’s way is relational, not private. Being the people of God requires manifesting His character as a family; we are the medium of His gospel message to the world.