The challenge for churches today is to be solid at the center and soft at the edges. We must be solidly devoted to the worship of the One Triune God: Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. At the same time, we must be soft at the edges, willing to collaborate with all people to serve a world in need. When we are solid at the center and soft at the edges, we are in a good position to cooperate with God and the people around us, living “a life worthy of God” (v. 12). Cooperation with God. Cooperation with each other. Both are imperative.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13