Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Recognize Church


So how do I Recognize Christ's Church?

Now that I understand church according to Jesus
  • is not a building
  • is not a Sunday Morning event
  • is not an institution or organization


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
You get the point?

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...

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3 comments:

Alan Knox said...

Jonathan,

This is an excellent post! Whenever someone asks me, "When are we the church?" I suggest that that is the wrong question. Instead, we should ask the following question: "How do we treat one another and interact with one another AS THE CHURCH whenever we are with other believers?"

-Alan

Jonathan said...

Thanks Alan!

Lysa said...

Amen & Amen!