Beyond “Church”

We often get caught up in to the place of worship rather than the worship itself.  Our language even betrays us.  We talk about “going to church,” and often we are speaking about the building.

The ecclesia, or assembly, is the the term most commonly used in the New Testament, and refers to the people rather than the place.  It also has a connotation of a gathering with a special purpose. We can meet as an assembly anywhere.

Jesus taught in the Temple, and in at least one synagogue.  He also taught from a boat, and on a hillside.  In Matthew 18:20, Jesus said: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them (NIV).”  We need to think beyond buildings, and remember that we are gathered to worship, in His presence, with our fellow brothers and sisters.  It is not bricks and mortar; but flesh, blood, and most importantly spirit.

I hope you will find your way to the latter, be it in a building or by the wayside.   I hope that you will find fellowship, and find the comfort of the body (which is the true “church”).

Padre

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Worship Service Prepared in Rice Paddy

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