Rediscovering Real Church

I was recently reminded by my children that we have forgotten what “real church” is. While traveling on a trip they kept pointing out all the “church buildings.” “Wow, dad look at the size of that church building,” was their constant comment.

We put so much emphasis on church buildings that we have forgotten what church really is. Our children are confused when we say things like “Let’s ‘go’ to church.” But, I don’t think God is nearly as interested in how a building looks as whether or not it is a place where His mission is being carried out.

When rediscovering what church really is we don’t find a building or even a place, but a person. Jesus. We discover that as His followers he calls US to be HIS church. We don’t go to church, we are the church. And when we rediscover what Jesus intended His church to be, we find that His church is all about people. People who demonstrate their love for God by loving and serving other people.

* Like the elder who had a homeless woman ask him what time it was and he felt the God prompting him “Don’t just tell her the time, give her your watch.” So he did. This is church.

* Like teenagers I know who did an “extreme home makeover” on the home of one our older ladies who could not do nor afford to do it herself. This is church.

* Like the men I heard of recently that meet up at their building every Monday night so they can volunteer their time to do maintenance on the vehicles of those people who can do it themselves. So while the single mom attends a divorce recovery class at the church building that night, a grease-smeared hero with his back on a concrete floor replaces the U-joints on her car. This is church.

* Like a young family who was going into a restaurant for a family meal together when they were asked by a homeless man “can you buy me some lunch?” They did one better; they asked him to join them at their table to eat with their family. This is church.

The church is not a building, but people; a people who demonstrate their love for God by loving and serving others. Let me encourage you this week to rediscover church. Look around and find someone to love and serve. This is church. Real Church.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Anonymous says:

    hey dad

  2. Jim Bob Howard says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Each Lord’s Day, as we’re driving to worship with the saints, I ask my children, “Where are we going?”

    Sometimes they forget and say, “To church!”

    “No,” I reprove gently, “we ARE the church. Where are we going?”

    “To gather with the church!” they then correctly reply.

    It’s a more-or-less regular liturgy we go through as I prepare them for worshiping with the saints. What will we do there? What do we do when everyone is singing? when the pastor is praying? when the pastor is preaching? I remind them that we’ll also be going to the Lord’s Table and ask them, “Who can come to the Table?”

    “The Lord’s people.”

    I then remind them that everything we do is worship. 24x7x365… not just Sunday. We worship Him with everything we think, say and do. We worship Him by obeying His word.

    And this is reinforced throughout the week as we read His word, discuss it at the table, sing hymns together and pray during family worship.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Trey
    Great comments! We all need to push ourselves to do this more and more.
    I was rebuked by a sermon not to long ago on this same subject. Bill Tracy reminded me that I needed to be searching for people everyday. Bill talked about how he was getting fliers printed and he was in such a hurry that he couldn’t take the time to talk the girl who was waiting on him. There was another guy with him that began telling her about the flier and asking if she needed prayers. The girl was excited that they had asked because her church had taught her that she was not allowed to pray for things that she needed. She asked if this was true and Bill told her no and began to teach her about prayer. Bill told us that he was to busy to take the time he needed to speak to this girl and was rebuked by the whole situation. The situation reminded me of myself and how I get so upset at people that are around me in public. Whether its the person checking me out at Walmart or the person that cuts in front me at Home Depot, glorifying God should always be in my mind at all times. Sometimes we become so self-centered that we forget that God is more important than the three minutes that were taken from us by someone cutting in line.
    Sorry this is so long its just a subject that I have been trying to work on. Guy

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sorry about all of the deleted comments…having blogger technical issues.

    I’m glad to see that you have created this blog. It’s a great way for you to use your gift and share with us.


  5. Rebekah Micham says:

    thank you so much for doing what you are doing. standing for God’s truth. not many do that, because it is uncomfortable. thank you so much for doing all you can to make sure that Satan goes DOWN with a FIGHT! :)

  6. Justin says:

    I had a friend that decided that church was standing between him and GOD, so he stopped going. Now this is a friend that I meet with at paramedics for Christ. I understood his point, and could not argue, but had to remind him that he had not stopped attending church, but instead had changed the look of his attendance. Anywhere that there are people of Christ pursuing a life more reflective of His, and doing this together arm-in-arm IS CHRIST’s bride, the church. I love the examples of “Church” that you used.
    Christ said like this-
    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
    (John 13:34-35)
    We are the body of Christ to the world- the ongoing presence of God to those around us. That is a “verb” not about what we believe or how we play “church,: but how we walk in the footsteps of our Rabbi Christ. How we DO what CHRIST DID! Care about people that are hard to care for, and having compassion on those marginalized and rejected by society. Putting those considered “less” by the world BEFORE us. Not an easy feat, but a better way to live, if Jesus is right.

    Walk on, Brother,

  7. Trey says:


    Thanks for your note. I’ve learned a lot about “church” from you, brother.

  8. lightening says:

    Wow! What an awesome post. I haven’t been reading for a real long time so haven’t seen some of your earlier posts. Thanks for pointing them out. I’m enjoying going through and reading those you’ve mentioned as some of your favourites.

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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