This past Sunday, I was privileged to share a message on the vision of our church. As a part of that message, I was able to share several “Bridge Stories” of Bridge attenders and how God has been at work in their life. In one of the stories, a young lady wrote:
“I quickly learned that it is not the physical structure that makes a church.”
I love this statement. In context, she was talking about how at first she thought it odd that our young church met in a preschool. She wondered how we could have “mass” in such an environment. But, as she said, it’s not the building that makes up the church. This is incredibly insightful. The church is to be so much more than a building. It’s a community. It’s a body of people who are on a faith journey together. Their direction, their vision, their purpose is to know God and find their lives in him. As they get to know Him, the vision for their life, their church will become clear.
My vision message from Sunday ultimately was made plain in this verse:
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
As we focus on who Jesus is, and discover what he is passionate about, we can then become passionate about the same things.
Good stuff. You should write a blog after every sermon!
Amen! The church is the Body of Christ. If we limit ourselves to a specific structure – how are we to reach the lost and hurting? Church is where you are gathered together in His name, be it the physical church building, the platform at a rail station, a field in the middle of a farm, or the sands of a distant desert……..it’s the gathering in His name that is important.
Thank you for sharing.