So how do I Recognize Christ's Church?
Now that I understand church according to Jesus
Jesus talks simply of when two or three are gathered in His name. Church (ecclesia) was a word used to refer to an assembly or democratic gathering. We see in other New Testament passages the early believers also used the term church to refer to all the believers in a geographical area. So in my mind church is simply believers and whenever they get together.
So how do I move forward and relate with my brothers and sisters who view church as an institution, building, or Sunday Morning event?
Well... if church is simply the whenever two or three are gathered in Christ's name... I can recognize that I am part of Christ's church whenever I build relationships with other believers
- as we walk up the sidewalk as we 'go to church'
- as we visit before and after the 'church service'
- (as we chat during the 'church service')
- as we visit in each others homes
- as we visit in parks
- as we visit at work
- as we visit whenever
I am looking to recognize Christ's church within the institutional church and beyond the walls.
I guess the next question is... What is my role as I meet with the church (wherever/whenever)? I'll work on that for my next post...