your eschatology must impact your ecclesiology
This is an academic way of saying “What you believe will happen in the End Times must impact how you live your life in and for the Church today?”
C S Lewis said it best “It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
N T Wright in his revolutionary text Surprised by Hope confirms it again “what you think about death, and life beyond it, is the key to thinking about everything else – and, indeed, that it provides one of the main reasons for thinking seriously about anything at all.”
I am passionate about the understanding that what you believe will happen in the end, will either motivate you for the Church today or distract you from another mission. Let me explain, if you believe that heaven and hell are real places and that there is only one way to go to one and escape the other, then your belief will be reflected in your actions in evangelism. If you believe that hell is not, in fact, real and that everyone will have a choice for Christ until all are saved, then your passion for evangelism will be impacted. Or if you believe that Jerusalem plays a key role in End Times theology you will find yourself pouring your time and money into that passion, again, if you believe that this earth will be destroyed then your passion for stewardship of the earth will be restricted.