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But I can’t seem to get enough of this discussion: Is church supposed to be a place that you GO TO or BELONG TO, or is it more about BEING something or someone?
We get up and tell our kids, “Let’s go to church.” We tell them to put on (or take off) their “church” clothes and put on their “play” clothes. When we talk about church, we talk about it as something you go do instead of something you are.
It seems to me that the early church was more about people than it was about buildings and programs. I’m not anti-building. We have a pretty nice one that has proven to be a tremendous TOOL – but that’s all it really is – a “tool.” But if you take away the people, what do you have? A building! Some sound equipment. Perhaps a nice place to have a reunion or get together. That’s it!
I dream of a kind of church community that realizes that church isn’t something we “go to”, but something we ARE on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.. And we need to intentionally build this kind of thinking into our church community – all the way from the little kids to the adults.
That means that I need to be focused on BEING the church – loving and accepting people, reaching out in care to others within our church community, focused on being the hands and feet of Jesus right here in our local community and then even further out in our world.
So let me throw this one out there: What do you see as the purpose of church? How do we help people stay focused on BEING the church VS. seeing church as something you ATTEND or GO TO? Is there even an answer to these questions? I don’t have the answers, but I hope we’re asking the right questions.