I was thinking about church services the other day, and a thought struck me that made me laugh and cringe at the same time. Some people look for a church like they look for a grocery store!
Unfortunately, this consumer-focused thinking in regards to church is prevalent today, even among professing Christians.
One thing that I think has been a positive by-product of this whole COVID-19 situation is that it has forced us to consider what is important in church. When something requires you to change “the way you’ve always done it,” it puts you in a good place to evaluate some things. What are the things that you look for in a church, and why?
This brings us to the fundamental question—What does the Bible say is the purpose of the church? As Christians, it is important for us to be explicitly biblical, which means not relying on our own pre-understanding, but going directly to the Bible. Where would you go to answer that question? We’ll talk more about it in the upcoming months, but I would point you to Acts 1-2 (specifically 1:6-11 and 2:37-47), Eph 4:1-16, and Heb 10:19-25 as some places to start. And consider this: What is the biblical reason that you look for what you do in a church?