I shared this article from Everyday Church awhile back, it sums up my thoughts about the church quite well.
Think about it, the church is the body of Christ, it is the FAMILY of God and we are considered brothers and sisters in this family.
So, then the phrase, ‘I am going to church’, sounds kind of odd in this context because it is like saying, ‘I am going to family’.
Sounds very odd doesn’t it? Let us know your thoughts below, pro or con.
Everyday Church writes,
Has anyone ever asked you, “Where do you go to church?” Its a common
question people ask Christians and yet the answer given is often misleading. “I go to (fill in the blank) bible church.” Why is this misleading? Because the bible teaches “YOU ARE THE CHURCH”. Listen to what the bible says about the church, “Greet also the church that meets at their house.” (Romans 16:5) Did you catch it? Paul identified the people meeting in the building as the church, not the building.
You might ask, “Why does it matter?” It matters because the concept of “going to church” breeds confusion. Not for the non-believer but for the believer. When Christians are asked, “What church do you attend?” They give the name of a building. When confronted regarding the correct biblical understanding of the “Church” as a people, they usually say, “Oh yeah, I know.” The reality is for most Christians, the Church as the “Body of Christ” is an after-thought when it needs to be a fore-thought. Why?
Most Christians tend to think of the building as a place to meet with God but the bible teaches, you are the temple of God and God is with you 24/7 because He dwells in you by His Spirit. (1 Cor. 3:16-17)
Christians tend to think of worship as something that takes place on Sunday morning, but the bible teaches worship takes place everyday in the life of the believer because it comes from your heart as a result of an overflow of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 12:1-2)
Christians tend to think they have to hear a sermon every week to be encouraged, strengthened and build up in the faith, but the bible teaches you have an on-board teacher who promises to lead you into all truth, the Holy Spirit. (John 14:25-26)
Christians tend to think, I can’t wait to go to church to see my friends, but the bible teaches, we are encouraged to not forsake assembling ourselves together daily. (Heb.10:24) ….DO NOT GIVE UP MEETING TOGETHER, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and ALL THE MORE as you see the Day approaching. The writer of Hebrews is encouraging the church to MEET TOGETHER MORE AND MORE. Why? because the way has been made, through the blood of Jesus Christ, that gives us unlimited access into the very presence of Almighty God! Believers should want to meet together more and more as a result of this amazing reality and for the purpose of stirring up one another towards love and good works. We need to stir up one another to love God and love people more and more, not just once or twice a week.
As a result of a lack of correct biblical teaching and thinking regarding who and what is the church, most Christians, over time, become frustrated with the Sunday morning, relationally shallow, program-driven, merry-go-round, church cycle and eventually try to return to their secular life, while Christians will compartmentalize their life, resulting in a perceived “spiritual life” and a “secular life”.
They will often then attempt to live an acceptable spiritual life before others, while at the same time concluding that Biblical principles somehow don’t apply to their secular life. Our desire is to bridge the gap and help the disciple to view the various components of his everyday life as a unit, and God’s involvement in every aspect of that life.
Andrew Murray says it best,
“God fills the world and every moment is present in everything. Just as it is with the Father, so now our Lord Jesus is everywhere present, above all with each of his redeemed ones. This is one of the greatest and most important lessons which our faith must learn. We can clearly understand this from the example of our Lord’s disciples. What was the peculiar privilege of the disciples, who were always in fellowship with him? It was uninterrupted enjoyment of the presence of the Lord Jesus. It was because of this they were so sorrowful at the thought of his death. They would be deprived of that presence. He would be no longer with them. How, under these circumstances, did the Lord Jesus comfort them? He promised that the Holy Spirit from heaven should so work in them a sense of the fullness of his life and of his personal presence that he would be even more intimately near and have more unbroken fellowship with them than ever they experienced while he was upon earth.
This great promise is now the inheritance of every believer, although so many of them know little about it. Jesus Christ, in his divine personality, in that eternal love which led him to the cross, longs to have fellowship with us every moment of the day and to keep us in the enjoyment of that fellowship. This ought to be explained to every new convert: ‘The Lord loves you so that he would have you near him without a break, that you may have experience of his love.’ This is what every believer must learn who has felt his powerlessness for a life of prayer, of obedience, and of holiness. This alone will give us power as intercessors to conquer the world and to win souls out of it for our Lord.”
EVERYDAY CHURCH is not opposed to believers meeting in a building or Sunday services. However we are opposed to teaching that confuses believers into thinking church is ONLY what happens on Sunday mornings when the bible teaches, “Everyday Church” because YOU ARE THE CHURCH EVERYDAY! Jesus repeatedly invited people to follow Him with their lives and He is inviting us to do the same,…..EVERYDAY!
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies “EVERYDAY” as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-3