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Church, worship, or community.

June 4, 2008

“What makes us, the bride of Christ is that we are something together, that we are not alone. For this reason, church, if it is to be fully church, must involve some level of community, people relating to other believers in light of the other components: worship and mission. You can have a group of people who worship together, but never really interact. That’s fine. In fact, it can be a very powerful and beautiful experience, one that enriches everyone involved and brings glory to God. But it’s not church. It’s worship. Likewise, you can have people gathering in community, like a sitcom cast or a sports team. Those relationships can be very real, rich and meaningful, but they’re not church.” (Life After Church by Brian Sanders)

According to this description many churches, maybe even most hold worship services and/or gather together in community each week, but they really aren’t the church. Brian says there are three essential elements that make us the church: worship, community, and mission. Do we really have a heart and desire to be the church, or is worship and gathering in community enough? If we aren’t engaged in God’s mission and reaching beyond the walls of our weekly gatherings are we really able to be the church?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 1, 2008 8:45 pm

    I think I am going to become a daily reader of this blog…

    I see something in the water here…

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