I don’t want go to church anymore. I’m done with just going to church, instead I want to be the church. I want to be the church that I read about in the bible, and that church was not just something that was done on Sunday, but it was something that was lived seven days a week.

For too long the church has been defined by its buildings, its stain glass windows and its location in the city. But that was never Jesus’s plan for the church. Jesus’s plan was that the church be a place defined by its people who love and serve the lost. We were never called to go to church, but to become the church!

When will we get it through our thick skulls that the lost aren’t coming to us, so we must go to them? Outside the bricks and mortar of what we call a church building, you’ll find a city, a nation, and a world waiting to be reached, and those lost people won’t follow Jesus because our buildings are open and our lights are on. So it’s the churches mission to leave the building and take Jesus into the streets of our communities. No more should the church be contained by 4 walls, instead it’s time that we go become the hands and voice of God. Instead of just listening to the sermon on Sunday, it’s time the church becomes the sermon seven days a week.

“When will we get it through our thick skulls that lost people aren’t
coming just because the building is open and the lights are on?

I’m tired of the church being defined by the world as a building of bricks when it’s really a body of believers. But we’ve brought it on ourselves, because for too long we’ve just been going to church instead of being the church. Let’s make it our goal today to become the church that Jesus fully intended it to be.

So, who is with me? What do you say we rise up together today and with one loud voice shout to the world, “I don’t want to just go to church anymore, I want to be the church.”

(Want more on this subject? Click here to listen to the sermon “The Church has left the Building!”

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  1. Preston Belt, Beautiful Downtown Lockney, Texas says:


    Your message Sunday was awesome. i so needed to hear that. I had supper at the Poindexter’s last night and Jay Don and I went over my notes from the lesson. I haven’t gotten the lesson to my ipod yet so I can hear what i missed, but will get that done today! You are absolutely right! I long for the day that the “name” on the building just says “open”! That we are the church. We are in Christ, all the time, just not on Sunday morning. We, as a brotherhood, have done a poor job of conveying this message. I am thankful for the brothers and sisters of Childress and of Lockney that are working hard to chage this image!!!

    Love you Brother!!!

  2. Nedra says:

    Amen to that, Trey! I certainly want to be the church, the bride of Christ.

    At a wedding, the bride never goes to be the bride. She is the bride and hopefully, remains the bride/wife until the end. I hope that makes sense…


  3. Zach Detwiler says:

    Man, thank you thank you thank you!! I strive for that to be my life’s lesson daily.. It’s difficult and it takes more than one.. I’m on board.. lets get with it!

  4. Louie Mercer, Frank Mercer and Mike Ellis: The Church for Men Dudes says:

    Amen, Amen, Amen and Amen. I am with you brudda.

    Mike Ellis

  5. Haley says:

    Great point Trey! I just had a lesson about this at worship (almost said church!) last Sunday. Jesus tells us to go into the world, not to sit back and let the world come to us. Every now and again we need a little reminder of that.

  6. That Girl says:

    I’m in!

  7. mattdabbs says:

    that is the big push in Christian circles today – the move from doing church to being church. It is at the heart of the emerging/emergent/missional deal. It really speaks to the young people who are growing up in churches that don’t seem at all connected to the same mission as the early church or even Jesus himself.

  8. Dcmba says:

    Can you have church without an audio system or video screens?

    My gauge for acceptable behavior as a church is imaging first century Christians. Pretty sure they met outdoors, in the community, or in people’s houses (where they had kitchens…woooo).

  9. nick gill says:

    Should we also image their lack of deodorant and air conditioning?

    PS – AMEN, Trey! I’m trying to learn this, and it hurts sometimes.

  10. Zack says:

    Trey, I’m with you dear brother! Striving to do that every day. May God bless us all to fully embrace that, to not go to church, but instead be the church that Jesus built, paid for with His life, and came back to life for. Thank you Trey for reminding of this great truth.
    Grace and Peace.

  11. AncientWanderer says:


    But I’ll need Sunday’s off.

  12. wjcsydney says:

    “I just had a lesson about this at worship (almost said church!) last Sunday” Haley, I have issues with using “worship” for the Sunday meeting/s too. We worship when we meet (among other things) but worship is more than what we do when we meet in the “formal” meeting.

  13. lmouser says:

    Good thoughts! I want to be the church too.

    However it happened, the “church building” too often has become the focal point of the church. We sit comfortably in our padded pews every Sunday morning, occasionally wondering why lost souls aren’t stampeding into the “church,” when the truth is…we haven’t spoke one word to the lost during the week.

  14. Dwight says:

    I am so glad to see the affirmation you received for this post. The trickle of folks who understand that we have a mission and purpose which has nothing to do with buildings or “worship services” is becoming a flood! We must now move from being assembly oriented to getting out of our fortresses to be the body of Christ in our world. Humanity moans for light, hope and the good news of the kingdom. Let’s tell them! http://www.dwhitsett.wordpress.com

  15. roadtripray says:

    I had this topic planned for one of my lessons next month. It’s almost scary sometimes how I pull up your blog and you’re talking about something that is on my mind. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow your theme for my sermon title. I think I’ll make it “Stop going to church.”

  16. Jeanne M. says:

    I have always had a problem with the statement, “going to church.” For times when we meet as a group, I go to be with my brothers and sisters in Christ, to eat at His table, and to welcome all who want to learn more about Him. Worship is more than Sunday morning, but that is a time for congregational worship. I like Roadtrippray’s title. Should wake up some, but for others it will fly right over their heads. A title on the building is for the world, not for the believers.

  17. Adam Gonnerman says:

    I think it’s entirely appropriate to refer to our assemblies on Sunday as “worship,” but also correct to understand worship as a personal, weekday endeavour as well. The assemblies are for equipping for mission, and mission happens most when we get out into the world. God the Father sent His Son into the World, and the Father, Son and Holy Spirit send the church into the world.

    I don’t see it as “either/or”, but “both/and.” We equip and encourage one another, we strategize and plan and pray and prepare, then we go out and do what God has called us in Christ to do.

  18. Scott says:

    It is great when we get a true understanding of what church is from the Scriptures. I have written some articles on my blog about church. You can check here: http://www.prodigalthought.com/2008/06/church-101-basics.html

  19. TREY MORGAN says:

    Thanks for your friendship, Larry …

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