Matthew 16:18

I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.

 These days we come up with a lot of excuses for not going to church: it’s too early, we don’t like the music style, the preaching is boring, it feels more like a business than the hands and feet of Jesus. Yes, the church is flawed because we are flawed, but the church is more than a building and programming; it is people, people who are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus and the earthly example of him. Are we doing a good job at that?

In the above verse, Jesus wasn’t talking about church as a four walled institution, he was talking about being the church. We, as followers of Jesus, are the church. The reason the church gets such a bad rap is because we aren’t living out our lives as Jesus called us to live them out throughout the week. Even we as Christians sometimes don’t like church because of this! We must band together, as believers, and be the breathing, walking church of Jesus Christ.

If we started living out our faith every moment of every day, imagine the change that would sweep through the church. Imagine hundreds of passionate, loving, sold-out Jesus followers gathering together weekly to encourage and learn from each other and then being sent out for the rest of the week to encourage and love others. This is what the church should be about—not something to check off of our spiritual check list but a place of love and encouragement that begins a chain reaction that extends far beyond the walls of the church.

QUESTION 1. What is your view of church?
QUESTION 2. Which more closely describes your view of church? “What can I get out of this for me?” or, “How can I become a better follower of Jesus?”
CHALLENGE: Find a church full of encouragement and love, then become the breathing, walking church of Jesus everywhere you go.
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