What is Church?

©susanirenefox
©susanirenefox

Perhaps I should begin by saying what church is not.

Church is not simply a brick-and-mortar building. Church is not a system of rules and laws. Church is not judgment and condemnation, shame and guilt, accusation and exclusion. . Church is not my dogma is better than your dogma. Church is not us and them. Not the church Jesus intended.

Church is people who ache to follow Jesus. Church is people who care to know you. Church is people who meet you where you are. Church is people who uplift and encourage. Church is safe. Church is hope. Church is the Holy Spirit showing up through people you hardly know to let you know He knows your heart.

Church is where your vulnerability meets my vulnerability and together we walk unashamedly toward God.

Church is a group of online bloggers who, without fail, write with the love and compassion of God. They demonstrate it in their love for individuals and humanity, in their quest to be the heart of Jesus, in their desire to let His light shine through their words and their actions.

Church is wherever two or more are gathered in His name.

Church is me and you, and our questions and struggles to figure out this relationship with a God we cannot see. It is holding out our hands to accept His unconditional love, His grace and His mercy, even though we can’t figure out why He would bestow this amazing gift on us.

Church is allowing God to have His way with you, and acknowledging you are already perfect; yet, in the refining process, knowing once He has His gentle hands on you, He will mold you and shape you into the masterpiece you were intended to be.

Church is removing the veil of guilt and shame and daring to see yourself through the loving and compassionate eyes of Jesus.

Church is mourning over great loss, knowing He walks through it with you, tears in His eyes, arms around you, bearing much of the burden of your grief and heartache so you will not be crushed and destroyed by the weight of it.

Church is finding joy in the quiet hours of the early morning, delighting in the fullness of heart and peace of another day, as He embraces and envelopes you in grace and mercy and everlasting love.

Church is the thrill of finding Him in every living heart; the willingness to seek and experience through guileless eyes the wonder and exultation that is our Creator.

2 thoughts on “What is Church?

  1. When I was asking questions of “what is church”, I found that when you ask people what church is, they will say the people. Sometimes they will mention some of what you’ve written here. Then you ask immediately afterward for them to tell you about their church. They mention programs, events, service times, the pastor, maybe the reason they enjoy the service, worship music, etc. Never, not even once, did I find someone tell us about the people there. I would point out the inconsistency with their answers, and they wouldn’t get it. They didn’t see it. I ask about the person they sit next to, and they don’t even know their name. I ask for ten people outside of their family that they know from church, and often they only know their names and their favorite sport teams. They certainly don’t know their life struggles. I don’t believe in the buildings anymore. I think they’re a tool of deception, and a way the enemy creates isolation and selfishness.

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    • Tommy, I agree the words many times don’t match the actions. That’s one of the primary reasons we got together to create this site.

      Church, to me, is about relationships – about walking out and being the heart of God in my every day life.

      As this site grows and fills in the blanks, I hope you’ll discover this is true church. As you said on your own website, Christianity needs to be more about “being,” and being authentic. For me, it’s about being authentically like Jesus, not the Joneses.

      I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time and risk to add your comment here. It means a lot to know you care as much as we do.

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