Being the Church
So today as I was reading through the blogs of some guys that I really enjoy as well as respect as church leaders and men of God. I found one of the most awesome blogs about what it means to be the church. I have to say that I am in totally agreement with what Pete Wilson the Pastor of Crosspoint in Nashville, TN. writes about. In fact when I lead a church I will take what he has said and use it in the development of the church that God places me in. Take sometime and read this if you think that you are the church –
Yesterday someone read a quote from my message on Sunday which Jenni had put on her blog. The quote was,
“We need to stop playing church and start being the church.”
This person contacted me and asked me what I really meant. A quote of that nature probably deserves further clarification.
It means we need to stop arguing about style of worship and get concerned about the poor and hungry around the world.
It means we need to spend less time gossiping about others and more time allowing God to break our hearts over the people in our cities who are facing an eternity apart from Christ.
It means we need to stop whining about what programs our church has or doesn’t have and we need to learn what it means to abide in Jesus from one moment to the next.
Listen, it’s got to stop. We’ve got to stop showing up on Sunday mornings and playing church. The New testament never calls us to just go to church, but to be the church.
It seems far to often we’ve reduced church down to spiritual masturbation. We’ve made it all about us. We’ve turned it into something we do to stroke our ego-driven, self-centered, materialistic lives. It gives us momentary pleasure, but we’ve failed to give, serve, or sacrifice of ourselves. It leads to false intimacy with our creator God.
We play church.
I’m done with that.
Be the church.
(sound of me stepping off my soap box)
How do you think we “play church”? How do you think we can “be the church”?
Thank you Pete for you leadership and the way that you are directing your church. May we all take Christ’s leadership and be the church and not play the church. Go to his BLOG on the link of his name, check it our for yourself.