Writing the study for the next chapter in Acts (Acts 2) and came across this statement from Warren Wiersbe, "The early church had none of the things that we think are so essential for success today- buildings, money, political influence, social status- and yet the church won multitudes to Christ and saw many churches established throughout the Roman world. Why? Because the church had the power of the Holy Spirit energizing its ministry. They were a people who 'were ignited by the Spirit of God'"
As I read this, and read through Acts 2, I asked the question, "What makes a Church, a Church?" Is it the building, the fellowship opportunities, the wonderful children's ministry, or awesome youth group? Classifying church in this context makes me think of something my pastor said not too long ago. We live in a consumer driven society. We want it our way, we want it when we want it. And, unfortunately, that has spilled over into our
Church is not a Sunday or Wednesday ritual, it is who we are. We are the body of Christ, we are filled with the Holy Spirit to share forth the love, grace and mercy of Jesus Christ who died for the sake of all man's sins. So, I ask you, what makes the church the church? I see a church of people lifted in pride because their pastor teaches this way, or their youth does things that way. Why has pride anything to do with it? Why can't we be a people led by the Holy Spirit of God? Why can't we be the church instead of playing church?
I once had a sister say that a particular church group thought they were going to be the only church in heaven, because they did things a certain way. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there will be many churches, many denominations, many nations and tongues that will be in heaven- so lets be careful our "pride" for the way our church does things doesn't get in the way of our being in heaven too! Let's be the church, empowered and ignited to do the work that God has called all of us to do through His Son Jesus Christ. Amen?
Feel free to share your thoughts. I would love to know what you think.