As you come to him, . . . . 1 Peter 2:4
Peter introduces his teaching about the church by saying, “As you come to him, . . . .” We don’t come to church, to be a church. We come to Christ, and then we are built up as a church.
If we come to church just to be with one another, one another is all we’ll get. And it isn’t enough. Inevitably, our hearts will grow empty, and then angry. If we put community first, we will destroy community. But if we come to Christ first and submit ourselves to him and draw life from him, community gets traction.
C. S. Lewis: “When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.”