Have you ever heard of someone who put their trust in Christ and as Christians say they don’t go to church?
True, it isn’t compulsory for Christians to go to church. It’s not like it’s a sin… right?
I wonder why though, that people say that they don’t go to church but just enjoy online sermons and having their own time with God. Is it that they don’t trust the people in church? Perhaps… I do agree that it is a painful process and perhaps even unnecessary anger and frustration that may surface with church members.
But what is the church? The word ‘church’ comes from the Greek work ecclesia, which means a called out company or assembly. Wherever it is used in the bible it refers to people. For more detail this would be a good place to start.
The church is the body of Christ, or also the bride of Christ, as we are in a covenant relationship that we have made that decision to trust in Christ who has made it possible to have a relationship with God who loves us and that He is sovereign in our lives.
Jesus said in Matthew 12:48-50
“Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
So whoever does the will of God the Father, is our family. As Christians, we are children of God. But wait there’s more…
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
How can we love our brothers and sisters if we don’t bother meeting together regularly? That is why as a church, we meet in a church-building. To love one another, encourage each other, worship and give thanks to God together and to be directed as the body of Christ under Him who is the head. We love and care because God gave us his great example of Christ who loved so much to die on the cross for us to be re-united with God.
Last week I came back from my church weekend away. This was what we talked about. We shared many precious conversations, everyone from different backgrounds. Some were British, from Africa and Asia. Ages ranging from 20 to 50. I’m very grateful for my church being very diverse in terms of background and culture that those things just don’t matter. That Christ is what unites us.
It was a very humbling weekend as we were challenged to love one another by meeting up, dropped a text, sharing our lives, bearing with one another in times of trial and frustrations.