Lately it’s easy to find someone bashing the church bemoaning everything that they find wrong with it. However there are many things to love about the church.
I think the disconnect lies with how we define church.
If you are referring to the multi-million dollar campuses that dot our landscape, the endless hours spent by professionals running the “machine”, or the entertainment approach so “they will stay at our church”, then you are right. I am not in love with that church.
What church am I talking about? The ekklésia!
Ok greek nerd time. ekklésia is the greek word for church in the New Testament. ek meaning “out from and to”. And kaléō meaning “to call”.
The church is a group of people called out from this world and to the mission of Jesus Christ. That I love. I love that church, both in its local universal manifestation.
Here are three components of that kind of church that I love:
Worshippers of God
Please don’t misunderstand me. I know when Christians attend a church they usually worship God.
I am referring to people who live a life of worship. Everything they do is an act of worship. Their work, their leisure, their family life. Everything.
I love it when I am with fellow believers who worship God! I know it ushers in His presence. All my agendas fall by the wayside. I leave renewed and emboldened. I look forward to the next time I can be around them.
I love that about the church.
Desiring to live in community
When a church operates more like a family than a corporation, it draws me to it.
Sadly that has become more difficult with the way our isolated, mobile lifestyle is today. Even though we follow each other on social media, attend activities together, and see each other on Sundays, most of us don’t live much life together. We don’t really know each other.
Yet, the Holy Spirit knits our hearts together adopting us into the Father’s family making us joint heirs, brothers and sisters. A family encourages, teaches, sharpens, comforts and loves me; even when they really know me.
I love that about the church!
Fully invested in His mission
It’s common for a group of people to enjoy getting together for good music and fellowship. But a people called out by God is one that also knows and understands their mission and is fully invested in it.
They understand that God is a missionary God who sent His Son and now sends us.
What I love about the church is that as we spend time with God, He knits our hearts together so that we want to spend time together as He instills in us a passion to see others know Him.
I LOVE that about the church!