Seems to me we sometimes get confused on the purpose of the church. We seem to have developed this mindset that “the church” is responsible for reaching the unchurched. If we have the right style of worship, the right music, the right pastor, or the right programs, people will come and that is all we need to do. Referring to last week’s post, I do believe that every church has a purpose and each church is going to attract a different group of people. Programs, worship, and all the other stuff is useful and good, but it is not the main thing.
Reading through the Bible, I see a book that is part history with stories of what God has done and a bunch of letters that were written to Christians. The Apostle Paul starts most all of his letters “to the saints at…” or “to the church at…” Over the last several years, there has been a trend for church (Sunday morning) to be focused on the “unchurched”. But to me, the church seems to be a place for those who believe in Jesus to come together to support each other, help each other, and learn more about living a Christian life. A place to grow and develop a deeper faith. A “family” of sorts. A place to celebrate what God is doing. Yes it is a place where those who are curious and want to know more about Christ to come and are welcome, but Sunday mornings are a time for “family” to be together to fellowship and worship our God together.
There are a few examples of the Apostles teaching in a large gathering, but there are many examples of people living their daily lives and working with people where they were. Examples of true discipleship. Living our life. Not with a mission of “converting” everyone we see, but with a mission of showing the truth and love through living a Godly lifestyle… not a perfect life, but a Godly life. A life that we live on Sunday morning and the other Six and a Half Days a week.
I hope you continue in prayer and begin reading through the Bible. I’d suggest starting with the New Testament, but don’t forget to go back to the Old Testament when you are done. The history that is recorded in the Old Testament is vital to understanding who God is and how much he loves us. And Proverbs is an amazing book of wisdom for living life. I also hope you continue your search for a church home, a place that will support you and your family.
I look forward to your comments and continuing our journey together.