Friday, June 13, 2014
Are you going to church or are you the church?
If you believe that Church is attending service on a Sunday morning or attending a weekly bible study, then you’ve been misled to the understanding of what church really is……..
Let’s get a few things straight in regards to the word and term “Church”. A Church building is where The church (the people of God or the body of Christ) gather to worship, this can be at any place. The word church comes from the Greek word “Ekklesia” meaning: ‘to call out’ ‘call’, ‘call together’, ‘gather together’. Thus, the word ‘Church’ means a gathering of people, a congregation. This could be you and I standing in a parking lot of a food store talking about the goodness of God and the things of God….. Yes! We are at that time at church.
Now, the following scripture is often quoted when one wants to tell you why are you not in church or why are you not going to church or why are you not a part of a church? Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”.
Well according to the above scripture, I attend church everyday! If the church are the called out ones, which are the saints according to its definition, and everyday of my life I am with a fellow Believer sharing the word of God, clearly I am not forsaking assembling with them, then by definition I am at church, right? A building is not “The church” my friend, you and your fellow believers of Christ are the church of God aka “The body of Christ”
For the most part I get more out of sharing with others via discussions on my articles, posting, videos and face to face conversations than sitting in a place where the preacher has yet to open the bible, always begging for money and selling blessings, which are all totally un-scriptural to say the least.
Secondly, scripture says the following to us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” Matthew 18:20. In other word you do not have to be in a building for Jesus to be in your midst. I want to make clear, I am not trying to discourage you from attending your place of worship, instead I want to make clear your understanding of church……….
Anyway, I said all of that to get to this point, are you going to church this morning or are you taking the church to a building this morning?
Written By: Kevin L A Ewing