I’m curious as to how many of us have a church checklist.
“Do they have good music there?”
“Are the lighting cues matching up to my expectations?”
“Do they use the latest fonts on their programs and websites?”
“Will they provide coffee for me? I hope they have Arabica coffee.”
“Do they serve communion during service?”
“Do they have life groups with people my age?”
I’ll be the first to tell you that I shared in this checklist firsthand. I desired to bring friends to our church for an experience. An experience of neat music, hip barn wood walls, and well dressed attendees.
And now I just need to repent, dear Lord, for trying to ever put you in a box.
Forgive me for not wanting to bring people to church for YOU and you alone.
Our God is not bound by the walls we create for a physical “church”. He is just as much with our brothers and sisters that are having church under tents in Africa without coffee, or in a hut in South America without banjos, or in the hot desert of Afghanistan without fancy art on walls. He is THERE guys. His church is present when two or more are gathered. His love spans all generations, socioeconomic statuses, cultures, and races. While great lighting, good music (I love some great worship music!), and awesome fonts are wonderful and creative, and the Lord placed a talent in certain people for them to utilize, these things are still not the heart of church. A church can exist without them. I pray that our hearts not be set in a building but in Christ and His people, His church, His bride. I pray that He builds His house in our hearts and relationships with His sons and daughters. I pray that when we bring people that don’t know Christ that we simply bring them to church so that they may enter into a relationship with Him.
“24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.” -Acts 17:24-27
*Just wanted to give a shout out to our church leadership for recently teaching us this.