Whatever our christian heritage we’ll all have certain ideas of what “church” is. Many of these will be good but when our ideas about something so fundamental are inherited or assumed without being deeply examined we risk coming unstuck somewhere down the road. These ideas will also remain just that - ideas.
It’s good to explore truth together and small bible studies are especially good for discussion and exploration. In searching biblical truth together we own it, it becomes our truth, not merely distant, irrelevant fact.
We must start by exploring God’s idea of church before opining. What is church and how are we to be church?
Some relevant questions we can discuss:
And perhaps most importantly:
Historically, Church has been understood to operate on various levels. Terminology varies but basically we see:
At the time of the Reformation people saw through church as an institution dispensing salvation, and rediscovered the importance of having a heartfelt, personal relationship with Jesus. Being together for a long time we develop certain ways of doing things but we mustn’t think our way is the best. We must listen to God and be humble enough to hear from God.
These days there is a hunger for churches to work together more, which is a very good thing. On a local level interchurch relationships are more focused and developed.
Let’s put our heads and hearts together.
Let’s ask some brave questions, let’s challenge our assumptions.
Let’s study the bible with intrigue and intend to put into practice the pattern we find there.
Let’s be orthodox in what we believe and radical in how we apply it.
Let’s explore God’s idea of church.
Let’s love one another.
Also see our previous post: God’s Idea of Church