Recently, I preached a series of sermons called ‘Love My Church’. I was seeking to develop a very positive mindset toward the church, and why we should engage more deeply with it. That got me asking another set of questions, and those questions have grown into a series of posts…
For those who don’t know God…
I wonder where the church fits in the experience and awareness of the general community. Maybe the question is not one of ‘where’ but ‘whether’… I guess we have all heard the cliched responses that in the mind of the general community the church is irrelevant, or invisible, or worse. Church leaders have asked often their congregations “if our church was to disappear overnight, would we be missed?”. The question my be cliched, but the answer often troubles us, and that may be for good reason.
For those who know God…
You might expect that for those who know God and follow His Son, Jesus, there would be a more ringing endorsement. Here, the feedback varies. Some Christian love their church, and dedicate much time and energy to making their local church a really terrific place.
But how many of us would say that they love their church, and that meeting with other Christians ‘at church’ is the highlight of their week? And if their answer is not resoundingly positive, what are the factors there?
what we think about the church has enormous impact on how healthy it is
Maybe how we talk about church exposes something of the issue:
People ‘go to church’
People ‘get fed with the word at church’
People ‘have fellowship at church’
People ‘are blessed by the ministries, programs and services their church provides’
Pastors ‘work at church, serve their church, and prepare for the services to be held at the church’
My thought is that what we think about the church has enormous impact on how healthy it is, and how well it does what God calls it to do in the community and the world.
The next posts will explore these thoughts a little more.
Love to hear your thoughts…