Friday, June 23, 2006

Lights In The World

God calls the church to be in the world yet not of it. That often means being God’s people outside the confines of our churches and Christian communities and on the edge of our society. The church is the church anywhere and is not limited to a building. Wherever people meet in the name of Christ (coffee lounges, the beach, the business world, or at schools, etc.), that is the church. We are called to build community not buildings.

Do you agree?

5 comments:

Bruce said...

Dear Kitty,
That was really the question from the woman by the well.

The answer was clear:

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

Jhn 4:21-24

Of course we can still set aside a sacred space, dedicated to Him and His.

Thnx for the thoughts,
Bruce

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Certainly, I agree that the Church is a community.

I would avoid describing just any meeting of Christians as meeting in the name of the Lord.

To meet in the name of the Lord we must be meeting with the intention of entering His presence, recognising the authority of the Holy Spirit in leading what we do and recognising that all believers have a place in our gathering. Meetings outisde of normal church meetings might qualify for this, but most church services would not qualify.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Kitty Cheng said...

Dear Bruce, yes that was exactlyt the question from the Samaritan woman.

As long as we worship the Father in spirit and in truth, the location is not important. What God looks at is the heart.

Kitty Cheng said...

Matthew, why would you avoid describing meeting of Christians as meeting in the name of the Lord?

I think many Christian services do have the intention of entering His presence though.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Well, if I meet with a few Christians at my house to watch a film, we are not meeting in the name of the Lord.

Merely desiring to enter the presence of the Lord will not guarantee that a meeting is actually in the presence of the Lord.

If a group of Baptists hold a service, meeting as Baptists and upholding a denominational system, they are not meeting in the name of the Lord.

Why not? Because they are not meeting as the whole body of Christ and because they are governing their meeting by the rules and procedures of their denomination, not by the Holy Spirit.

That is not to say that God will not bless them and edify them by the Holy Spirit's working. However, they cannot rely on the promise of the Lord's presence.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew