We’ve all heard of the scenario (or something similar) of making the decision should you be stranded on a deserted island, of who or what would you need with you? People who live in disaster prone areas have bags at the ready with personal effects and those things that are truly valuable to them. Rarely are they the must have items that seemed so important at the time of purchase. Usually they are items which remind them of a friend or family member. They are often old photographs, a love letter or prized family heirloom.
This is not to say that their lounge suite, shelves of books or any of the physical comforts of their home were not important. In fact, the spaces we inhabit matter, but it can be argued that they are not the main thing. People are.
When we extend this thinking to the church, have you ever considered the who or what you need that is essential to being the church? Scholar Wayne Grudem simply says, “the church is the community of all true believers for all time.” That’s it. It is not about facilities, building, or location, it is about people.
You are the church. We are the church. Each week we don’t come to church, we the church gathered.
If we were to ever find ourselves on the proverbial desert island, whenever you get a group of people together, who assemble to worship God and participate in His mission together, we you could argue we have the church.
Can we encourage you to keep being the church. Keep being the person who comes together with others to worship God and engage in mission. To be the person who does not come to church, but gathers with others throughout the week to be the church.