what church are you a part of

By November 1, 2014Church, Church Planting

Words matter because words have meaning.

We taught our daughters when they were younger to not say “I hate you” when they were simply displeased about something. Not liking a decision is much different than hating a person. Words matter.

That’s why I’m done with asking someone, “Where do you go to church?” Instead, I’m going to ask them, “What church are you a part of?”

Now it is possible — you have the option – as a Christ-follower to waste your life. To spend it fiddling around with the mundane.

You also have the opportunity to invest yourself in a movement that matters and that movement is the church. But it will require a shift in thinking for many of us.

We often get asked, “What church do you go to?” It’s just like asking, “What grocery store do you go to?” or “Which recreation center do you work out at?”

But there’s a problem with this question. It has an air of self-centeredness about it.

We need to shift from a culture of going that promotes narcissism and materialism and ask a deeper, more biblical question: “What church are you part of?”

It’s not by understanding doctrine that we uproot narcissism and materialism in our lives. It’s by getting involved in a local expression of God’s grace – the church – and working for the common good.

In God’s kingdom there is no such thing as a volunteer. There are only puzzle pieces that fit together to display something amazing—something called grace. Without each part playing its role, we’ll never see the bigger picture.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. – 1 Corinthians 12:27