Recently I saw a post titled “leaders, not pastors, build churches”.
This stirred in me the question “who builds church?”. Followed by “are true churches actually built?” or should churches be built? and “what exactly is church anyhow?” And finally, “when did church become synonymous with The Kingdom?”
From an early age I was aware of a ‘calling’ on my life. And for over 30 years I have pursued the traditional idea of ‘calling’, albeit with internal conflict. I felt a call to be an influencer of society yet tradition dictated the gift belonged to the church. I saw people ‘grow’ big organisations that we called church, but no matter how big they were, no matter how many politicians or eminent people spoke in their pulpits, the objective always seemed to be the reputation of church, while society continued on its own merry way oblivious to the mandates of Christian thought.
What we believe church to be invariably controls our thoughts concerning church and the Kingdom and thus our ‘witness’. Is church an agent for social change? Is it meant to be a ‘force for good’ in society. Is it meant to be a welfare source for the needy? Or is it simply “the gathering of the citizens of Heaven meeting in Jesus’ name to worship Him?”
Matthew 18:20(ESV) For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Has church misrepresented the work of Christ on earth? Does church membership equal righteousness? (As the pharisees in Jesus’ day preached)
What does it mean to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”?
What did Jesus mean when he said, “I will build my church”?
If we see an organisational entity called “church” as the vehicle of change in this world then it becomes the thing we pursue rather than God’s Kingdom.
Should we not be seeking His Kingdom? – that is, the rule and reign of Jesus Christ on earth; thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as in heaven!
Has ‘church’ become a consumer of Kingdom resources at the expense of Kingdom mission?
Wilberforce and Newton worked to see slavery abolished… Thank God the calling did not get side tracked by ‘church service’.
Andrew Forrest – a businessman and a Christian – was able to gather world leaders of all religious and political persuasion together to form a strategy against human trafficking a few years ago… had he been seduced into ‘church service’ would it have consumed his gifts for organisational purposes?
Church is the gathering of disciples of Jesus to exhort and encourage and motivate… NOT to consume talent…
Disciples are called into Kingdom service, NOT church service. Calling is always Kingdom…
Gifted men and women are more probably the agents of change in society
The church is the gathering of the saints in worship and fellowship; the Kingdom is the rule and reign of God through His Christ.
We serve the King – and thus His Kingdom – We do not serve church! It exists only through the fellowship of Christ in love. It is nothing more and nothing less…
Christian businessmen and women, nurses, doctors, lawyers, politicians, service people, hospitality workers etc in service to Christ are the agents of change in society…
Just a thought….