What are you looking for in a church?
But then … each of us have our own particular passions and preferences.
- We like guitars. We hate guitars.
- We like to pray outloud. We like contemplative prayer.
- We like coffee in the sanctuary. We want to keep the sanctuary free of distraction.
- We want hymnals. We want words on a screen.
- We want to wear jeans. We want people to dress their best.
- We want a bookstore in the lobby. We look at that an think about Jesus overturning tables.
And so … we church shop.
There was no church shopping. You went to the church in your town. Everybody did. How great would that be?
But now, there are churches on every corner to match every preference.
And I get it. I really do. Once I get beyond 9 Marks, 5 Purposes, and 10 Signs, I have my preferences. But really my preferences are not so important. And neither are yours.
Here’s the deal. You and me are responsible for our own church. We are responsible to bring to our church what God as brought to us.
Thank you, Tony Horton.
Instead of looking at our church and asking, “What’s in it for me?” Can we start asking, “What can I bring?” Let’s stop complaining about our church and bring it.
Yikes! I can already feel that I’m stepping on toes. And I know! Church life is so very hard. Believe me. I know what it’s like to experience pain in church. There is a time to leave a church. But before we leave a church, we should consider our own relationship with Christ.
What would it be like if each of us, every single one us, would cultivate an intimate relationship with Christ? What would it be like if when we gather with our church, we brought the love of Christ, the mercy of Christ, the encouragement of Christ, and the fellowship of the Spirit?
Leave a comment and tell me what you think it would be like if we could stop complaining about our church and bring it. And, if you’re in a particularly painful situation in your church and would like prayer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to be alongside you!