Thinking about what church is like in America, and looking at how it’s described in the Bible, I have to ask a question. Why? Think about it: in almost every church in America, the main focus is people coming to a building on Sunday morning, singing some songs, listening to a preacher, and then leaving. The types of songs vary by church, and some churches have extra gatherings throughout the week, but that’s about it. Oh, and the number of times a month that communion is celebrated varies, too.
Contrast this with the Biblical model. People met together in their homes. When they had fellowship, they were friends. They took interest in each others’ problems. They shared their resources together. Look at this, and contrast it with “doing church” in the US.
I think we did church last night. My wife and I went to some friends’ house. We took some food over, and our friends had some food. We talked over dinner, and then spent time praying over our respective concerns.
I’m blessed with a wonderful father-in-law who hasn’t been to church in years. He’s a great Christian man. He reads his Bible daily. He loves his wife and children. He’s a man I can, and do, respect.
I don’t have an answer, but it feels like we’re doing it all wrong. I think we’re supposed to be meeting together as friends. We don’t need pastors, we need people who are willing to share what they know with those coming along behind them. So the question becomes, what are we doing, and are we screwing it up?