Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Since I have found Christ I have had this strong desire to walk along side the broken to help them to find God and be transformed.
The only way to succeed in this is by having people from the body give of their time to individuals who aren’t ready to step into a church building.
It seems like it is so hard to get others to see this point.
One example from Scripture that would back up this idea is….
Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
I truly believe that even as true believers we need each other to overcome things in life and to be strong enough to do so.
We have a purpose no matter where we are in life. It is not only the recipient that has something to gain.
Yes, God can do it all himself but He chooses to have us form relationships and to work together.
Some obstacles that I see within the body are…
1. There are to many steps and to many people to go through just to get a need or message out into the congregations. I tried to do this on my own for a couple years.
2. Some Leaders say that they are very protective over their people and their time
3. Some leaders don’t want to overwhelm their people with opportunities that need to be met outside of the building.
First of all, where in Scripture does it say that the Church is a building? Are we to be segregated by the views we have on topics such as Baptism, which comes down to Religion?
Second, where does it say that the body needs to be protected by the opportunities God provides to others?
I believe that the Church has become a building that is segregated and protected.
When you say Church to people, most of them automatically think of a building. It doesn’t matter if they are saved or not, that is the common thought.
When God told Peter that he would use him to build his Church I don’t believe that He meant the Catholic building or denomination. I believe that God meant He would bring His children together on the Rock or Foundation of Jesus Christ to serve His Purpose, which is our Purpose.
Yet church buildings seem to have set the stage, which would mean people have set the stage for the definition of Church.
Is it not true that God’s children are being used so much to keep buildings running that they don’t have time to do what they are truly called to do within their communities and this world?
Would you be comfortable with standing in front of the Lord to tell Him that you kept a building funded and running? A building that many are not comfortable with approaching?
Would you be comfortable to explain to God why you thought it was your job to withhold information/opportunities from His congregation that could have been part of their purpose?
A building is not God’s Church.
People are his Church and if there were more people willing/or knowing to walk outside of the building to help those outside of the walls, what transformation could take place?
If we took more of our time, the time we put into making a building run smoothly, into individuals who might not be ready for the building, what would be accomplished for God’s purpose?
I am one of those people who think that a Church should be simple and basic so that it does not become the focus or Idol of God’s people. Maybe in a tent or an individuals home?
So I challenge you to think about the time you put into a building and challenge you to think about what could happen if we put more focus on the individuals around us.