What is the Church?
There’s one on almost every street corner in town. Some have tall steeples, and others have shiny stained glass windows. Some are made out of wood; some steel or brick. Some are big and some are small. But these buildings, no matter what their shape or size, are not the church. They are merely meeting places where God’s people together to worship, pray, and seek the Lord together. So if the building isn’t ‘the church’, then what exactly is the church?
Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, “I will build my church.” Our English word church comes from a Greek word ekklesia that originally meant a group or assembly of people. The church isn’t the building, it’s the people. It’s not about religion; it’s about relationships – with God and one another.
Too many people have the idea that church is a cold, boring and dreary place where people go to feel bad about themselves. But the Bible declares that Christianity is Good News: you can have a personal friendship with God and deep and meaningful relationships with other people, too. The church exists to extend God’s unconditional love, acceptance and forgiveness to everyone everywhere. Our motto is, “If you’ come around here, we’re going to love you – unconditionally, always, and under every circumstance.”
Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and He calls to you today, saying, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Won’t you come to Jesus today?
Pastor Chris Jordan