What is the church? It may seem like a simple question, and yet it is one of the most important questions Christians can ask themselves. Vice Lomardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers used to begin every football season by gathering all of his players for a team meeting. He always began those meetings by holding up a football and declaring, “This is a football.” Coach Lombardi understood that his teams would only be successful if they understood the basics. In the same way, we will only fulfill our God-given mission as a church when we understand the basics of what the church is and what it is supposed to be.