A biblical understand of our future demands rethinking our present.
As long as we see salvation in terms of going to heaven when we die, the main work of the church is bound to be seen in terms of saving souls for that future. But when we see salvation, as the New Testament sees it, in terms of God’s promised new heavens and new earth and of our promised resurrection to share in that new and gloriously embodied reality – what I have called life after life after death – then, the main work of the church here and now demands to be rethought in consequence.
From N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope
For more, see my post The Gospel for the City.