Tim Gouw 128115

Stop Attending Church

Stop attending church!  Did that get your attention?  I mean think about it, why attend church?  You have to get up on a Sunday morning, get dressed, and drive in to sing a few songs, hear a message, and then go back home.  Let’s be honest, you can do most of that yourself in a much more convenient way.

Christian author Carey Niewhof says, “the man reason I gather with the church is because I am the church.  You don’t attend church.  You are the church.”  We have been called by Christ (and remember this whole gathering together thing was his idea) to not just simply attend church but to engage in the mission of the church in some meaningful way.  We have been called to worship and work together to “make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  Niewhof writes, “The reason you would go to church today is that you’ve moved from being a consumer to being a contributor. You don’t just go to be served, you go to serve.”

You know, I’m thinking that the future of the church will be built on Christians who don’t just attend church but who are the church.  Matter of fact, I think we live in an age where just attending church for attendance sake is dying fast, but the future of the church will be built on Christians who are passionate about Christ and who want to serve, share, and engage in the mission of the church.

What do you think?