- What do we think of when we speak of “going to church”? Answer: Sunday morning.
- When does “the church” meet? Answer: Sunday morning.
- What is “the church”? Answer: The place we meet on Sunday morning.
- How do we answer; “So, how was church?” Answer: What happened on Sunday morning.
Have we overemphasized what we do on Sunday mornings? We plan up, gear up, set up, and unleash the production and call it “church”. Then we turn around and do it all again.
We emphasize an “attractional”, “Come and See” model when the gospel demands an “Incarnational”, Go and Tell” model. And Sunday morning is the focal point.
As a pastor I had better not be devaluing Sunday morning! And I’m not. But what we do as the church throughout the week is the real test.
We must “be the church” in our community if we want to unleash the power of the gospel. And to do so we must be connected and involved.
We must be connected to one another. If the only time you see your church family is on Sunday morning, you need to get connected. Go get coffee. Do lunch. Phone a friend. Whatever it takes! As we connect with one another, bring those who are un-connected to Christ into that relationship!
We must be involved in our city/community. How are you connected to the issues and needs of your community? Bring Christ with you to homeowners meetings, neighborhood watch, school volunteering, community garage sales, civic events, community causes, whatever it takes! Show that Christ cares for our community though your involvement.
Then let’s get together on Sunday morning and share our stories! (Check out these stories!)
The well wisher of your soul’s happiness,