Churches aren’t buildings.

The Church is not a building. It has nothing to do with Sundays, perfect attendance, or how close you sit to the preacher (this may not have been a thing everywhere but in the megachurch that I grew up in, it was status).

The Church is a state of being. The second you welcome Christ into your life you exist as and for the sake of the Church. The church is in us, part of us, and we carry it everywhere. Our personal branded piece of the Body of Christ. “There goes Billy; he’s a Christian” What good is the church of Billy doing?

Who and what is the Church to the world?

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”- Author Brennan Manning.

Christ addresses the idea of “lukewarm” Christians several times in the Gospel. In the water example, likely the best known, he states he would spit the lukewarm water out because it is neither hot nor cold. He addressed that again in Mathew 5:13

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

If we are not serving our purpose, then we have no use to the faith. We’re bringing it down. There are only two options you’ve surrendered completely, or you haven’t surrendered at all. Christ places this in perspective in the next verse:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

A light that CANNOT be hidden.

Members of the Church should be a constant reminder of Christ’s love. This is an aspect many of us fail on, I have had to realize this is an area where I fail all too frequently. That curse word, that inappropriate joke, that questionable choice in music or entertainment they are ALL things the world sees us doing. How much damage have we done to the gospel by hiding it? Who have we turned away with our actions?

We frequently refer to physical Churches as “our church.” What about YOUR church? Your personal branded church. How convincing is your church? Is your light shining or under the bowl? Christ expects that people can observe us and know our faith.

“Every good tree bears good fruit”

 

Do we have a responsibility to be the Church?

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mathew 28:16-20

Christ does not state, some go and make disciples or some go win souls. He tells all of his disciples to go.

“But according to Jesus, people are God’s method for winning the world to himself. People who have been radically transformed by Jesus. People who are not sidelined to sit in a chair on Sundays while they watch professionals take care of ministry for them. People who are equipped on Sundays to participate in ministry every day of the week. People who are fit and free to do precisely what Jesus did and what Jesus told us to do…. We will multiply the gospel only when we allow others to get close enough to us to see the life of Christ in us” (David Platt, Radical pg. 90-91; 99)

 

We need to remember that everywhere we go, our personal church is with us. That our church reflected on the Church as a whole. That we win with our fruits.

 

-Preston the Nomad

 


One thought on “Churches aren’t buildings.

  1. You are absolutely right that the Church is not the building . So many believe that the church is what makes us Christians … The church is a building full of broken people admitting they can not do it on their own, some are there because they feel it’s “the right thing”, and some people are there seeking for Hope. God calls HIS church the bride of Christ. Those that gather together for one purpose, to worship and serve Christ, is His church . We are all called to be part of the body. “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:7-28‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    http://bible.com/116/1co.12.7-28.nlt
    The church is when we come together in fervent love for one another, as a church we are family, we are to serve one another inside and outside of the church, we are to seek and save the lost, to make disciples of all men teaching them everything that God has instructed us. We are to serve as the body of Christ , often people feel what can the church give me and offer me , it should be how can we serve the church.

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