when we started a new series called Welcome To Church yesterday, I laughed a little. all last week I had been defining church & journaling about what that word represents for me.
I just love when God consistently brings certain words or phrases to your mind to meditate on. this was one of those times.
a simple word at first glance. five letters. if you would have asked me a year ago, what does the word church mean to you? my answer would have been straightforward. a place to worship. a place to listen to a pastor tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing in your walk with the Lord. a place to pray.
but the church is so much more than four walls.
the church isn’t a white steeple & rows of pews. it is not an address that siri can direct you to. it isn’t a new place of worship with 50 members. it isn’t even a mega church with thousands of members. the church isn’t a building to enter.
the church is a community – people who wildly love one another & passionately serve the Lord.
the church is people who ask how your week was & genuinely care about the answer. it is people who, with a hand on your shoulder & eyes fixed, tell you God has a plan. the church is pray warriors & sunday night dinners.
hannah brencher beautifully describes it as real, i’m not letting you go, you’re gonna sit and eat with me, we’re gonna have an honest hour and then thank God for breath, you cannot make me run from you church.
what a lovely picture of fellowship. because if we are being honest, church is simply fellowship – a community that keeps each other accountable & sends encouraging texts.
the church is a body of Jesus-lovers with one goal in mind.
to make disciples. that’s it.
“therefore go & make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit, & teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. & surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” matthew 28:19-20
when did church become about how many people we could fit into a building & how many services we can squeeze into a sunday? (totally not hating on mega-churches — love ‘em to pieces. God is doing great things through several big churches.)
church is about sharing God’s love. it is about sending people out.
we are tasked with the job of being witness bearers. as christians, we are called to full-time ministry (jarrid wilson wrote a fantastic post about this, here!). the church is people who love the lost & long to see them delivered.
God doesn’t just show up on sunday mornings. the church is at its best when we are out in the mission field. when we are inviting our neighbors to dinner. when we are kind to those who aren’t necessarily kind to us.
church isn’t just a once a week sort of thing. it is an all day, e’ryday thing.