Speaking of Church…

A Church BuildingA church is not a well built structure where people worship Jesus.
You cannot go to a church.
You may have been thinking about a church building.

A church is not a program of events where spiritual things happen.
You cannot attend a church.
You may have been thinking about a church meeting.

A church is a group of people with names and faces.
You can know a church and be part of one.
A church is not a what, it’s a who.

We should be careful to not call things churches that are not churches.
It assigns a false significance to things that aren’t that important.
Unless the thing you’re describing is a people that Jesus bled and died to redeem, you’re probably not talking about a church.

Photo Credit: Church by Vik Nanda


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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

3 responses to “Speaking of Church…”

  1. david bolton says :

    Travis, this is right on. The words of our mouth are powerful to either establish truth or fortify error. Every time we call a building or even a meeting “church”, as you have said, we fortify error and propagate a from of idolatry that is a “high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” If we would take dominion over our words in this one thing, a mighty stronghold could begin to come down. (My wife and I hold each other accountable concerning this very thing.)
    Excellent post. Simply and clearly spoken. May we all take it to heart!

  2. Dan B. says :

    Good stuff. Worship is another word that we need to be careful with. It usually is used to mean the music portion of a Sunday meeting.

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