If God had a blog what would He say? He might have some tough questions for our modern western church, as Christ did for the seven churches of Asia Minor. Why are we losing members? Why can’t we reach people? How do we prove to the world that Christ is true and Christians are the real deal?
It is the purpose of this blog to search the Word of God and the mind of the Spirit for the answers. We are convinced one answer lies in a missing dimension, the “love one another church”, what we call the Horizontal Church.
If God had a blog He might ask us whose church is it, anyway? Is it your pastor’s or the official board’s? Maybe it’s the people’s church, since they pay the bills. We pass our place of worship and say, “There’s our church.” But is that really?
In a simple declaration to Peter, Jesus answers the question. “I will build my church…” (Mt.16:18 NAS) So we know it’s His church and He has a building program, although I don’t think you will find His name on any title deed. Jesus was a carpenter, but has no interest in a building fund. So what does He use to build His church? Peter tells us, ”And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple….his holy priests (I Peter 2:5 NLT)
Ah hah! Jesus builds His church out of people, not rocks, but out of living, breathing “stones,” –believers who love Him and one another.
But centuries of conditioning have us convinced us there’s something special about that building. We even call the worship center a sanctuary, which means holy place. But Jesus has no need of sanctuaries. The temple of His day had been called holy, but was destroyed and He has no use for another. But he does have great need for a spiritual temple made of people who can reach a lost world.
Webster doesn’t get it either. He defines church as n. (1) : a building where Christians gather: (2) religious services held in that building (3) a particular Christian group. “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the door and see all the people.”
When Francis of Assisi heard Christ say, “Build my church,” he began restoring a broken down chapel. Later he grasped that he was meant to rebuild God’s broken people. Many joined him and together they changed their world, bringing renewal to individuals and restoration to the church of that day.
The New Testament is clear on this. There is nothing on this earth that God made that is holy, except for His holy people, His saints, His bride, His body, His church. On this earth we alone are holy. “You are the church. I am the church. We are the church together.”
If God had a blog, He would remind us that His church is not a collection of individuals but a corpus, a unity, a body of people who are one with Christ and one another to fulfill His purposes. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Eph 2:10 NLT)
The church isn’t an “it” His church is organic, alive, breathing and eating and working, failing and succeeding.
If God had a blog He would remind us how He ,“…loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NAS) God still loves His battered old world and He has one way to reach it, through His church. We are His body, His proxy on earth to win a lost world. How then can we turn things around? Let us be Together, we are his house……We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. (Eph 2: 20,21, NLT)
. As a wise man once said, “We had better hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately.”
If God had a blog He would urge us to reclaim our holy birthright….to realize the weakness of solitary faith and the power of corporate faith. But you together are God’s chosen people, his royal priests, his holy nation, his unique people….to demonstrate the goodness of him who has called you out of darkness into his amazing light. (I Peter 2:9, Wade’s translation from the Greek)
Lord, help us to hear You speak by your Word and by your Spirit. Help us to come together as your church—not a place, but a movement; not an organization but a living nation, called to be your light to the world.
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