In other words, being the church.
There’s no substitute for that. And there never will be.
What We Don’t Need
Do we need our church buildings for that? No.
Our denominations? No.
Paid clergy? No.
I’m not against any of that – in fact, the church I serve has all of the above – but we have to understand that all of those trappings are just that. Trappings. They don’t exist to serve themselves.
The only way to justify the existence of anything the church does is if it is truly helping us to do what only the church can do. If not, our day of irrelevance is already here.
Church Will Always Matter
Online connectivity is great. I’m grateful for the information, entertainment and even relationships I’ve been able to get through my laptop and cell phone.
But I’ll never stop physically leaving my house, going to another building (whether it’s a house or a church building) and spending time in the presence of other people who love Jesus, too.
Because I need that. I need them. They need me. We need each other.
To the degree that any church ignores our need to gather as God’s people, we will be irrelevant. To the degree that we create opportunities for that to take place, we will be needed.
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