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Church. What’s The Point?

Why do we need church? What’s the purpose? Maybe you are like me and you’ve speculated on the answer to those questions. I believe the answer to this question is hugely important. How you and I answer has ramifications on how we interact and connect with the church. Your answer will affect the kind of church you attend or don’t attend or if you even attend church at all. It’s an important question I believe Christians need to think about and take the time to decide themselves.

Why do we need church? What’s the purpose? Maybe you are like me and you’ve speculated on the answer to those questions. I believe the answer to this question is hugely important. How you and I answer has ramifications on how we interact and connect with the church. Your answer will affect the kind of church you attend or don’t attend or if you even attend church at all. It’s an important question I believe Christians need to think about and take the time to decide themselves.

I would first like to say I do not believe that the church is primarily here for me. Typically in our western consumeristic minds we tend to treat church for what we can get out of it. Maybe I don’t say that with my words, but my actions say more than enough. It’s a very consumeristic approach to church. But I suspect the church is so much bigger than me.

I love this quote from Erwin McManus, “The church isn’t here for us, we are the church. And we are here for the world.” In a very condensed way he nails what the church is supposed to be about.

I like this quote because it says a lot with few words. Let’s think about this a little more. “The church isn’t here for us.” The church really doesn’t exist so you and I can listen to good music, hear good preaching, and have “fun” events to go to. Not that that is all bad, but if that is the totality of our view, then the true power and purpose of the church is minimized. The church is immeasurably bigger than you and me, and it doesn’t exist solely for our pleasure and preferred methods.

“We are the church.” We have a place where we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, belong and can come together as a family. I believe the church is here for the believers in Christ, to build one another up. Part of the reason I think consumeristic thinking about the church is dangerous is because it takes the focus of the church away from the body and places it on us individually. The beauty of the church comes when a group of people come together and do life together. Consumeristic thinking takes away that beauty.

“And we are here for the world.” The church exists to strengthen the believers and give them support to go out into the world. This is our charge as Christians, to go into the world and make disciples. There’s no way that I or any individual could make a sizable impact on the world. But imagine for a moment what we could do together. Imagine the impact a group of likeminded people could have on a community. Imagine the life change that would happen if the church committed to making disciples everywhere they go.

I’ve seen churches embrace the building up of believers but neglect the world. And I’ve seen churches tell everyone in the world but neglect building their brothers and sisters up in the Word. Neglecting either one is a travesty of our purpose. The church is here to build the believers up in their relationship with God so that they can witness to the world.

Let’s be that kind of church. Let’s be the church that selflessly loves each other and constantly pursues others as Jesus first pursued us. “The church isn’t here for us, we are the church. And we are here for the world.”

I want to make one thing in this post clear. I am not proposing we go find a church that does this and join up there. I’m proposing we do this at the church we are at. The solution isn’t found in pointing fingers. The solutions comes when me and you start living out this mission in our lives. We are the church. Let’s live it out.

61 comments on “Church. What’s The Point?

  1. Anonymous

    Great thoughts.
    When someone maligns the church, they are saying bad things about the Bride of Christ. My bride and I celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary this year, and I still get very upset if anyone says anything bad about her.
    Ken Ostrom (your Mom’s cousin)

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  2. Love the McManus quote. I assume you’ve seen the t-shirt that says, “Don’t go to church. Be the church”?

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  3. I have seen it, great reminder that we are representing something bigger then ourselves everywhere we go.

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  4. I like the outreach mission you are stressing as a goal for the church. Thanks for following me. Made a path for me to find you. May God bless you online ministry.

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  5. Reblogged this on Theological Reflections and commented:
    This blog entry conveys a deeply-needed message to Christians particularly within Western Christianity. It’s so easy to overemphasize either building up one another as a Church, or evangelizing in the world. It is certainly a very delicate balance that needs to be maintained, however. When this balance is constantly strived for our impact as Christians is able to be optimized and in doing our Awesome God is glorified!

    God Bless!

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  6. This is totally accurate. It’s so easy to fall into the “what can I get out of it” trap. We need to be digging into the Word ourselves so that we can be a solid part of the church helping to both edify and evangelize. Excellent post.

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  7. david andre davison

    The brothers and sisters are the church of Christ, if we reflect His character and example. Too often we bicker over the physical building, the type of service, and ego’s. Satan is battling us every step of the way. We must be united in mission and prayer, and surrender to Christ so that the Holy Spirit will lead us to victory.

    You have an eloquent style of communication, a gift from God. God bless your ministry!

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  9. Great post and absolutely true. We should all be mindful that it takes all of us working together to be effective for the kingdom of God. Glad to have stumbled across you!

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  10. Wow. You and I make the church, therefore the question should be “what can I give/contribute to the church”?
    Thanks for this superb one.

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  11. Reblogged this on Navigating by Faith and commented:
    The point of the Church is is important to understand. We often get it wrong. This blog is a good reminder that the Church does not exist for what the individual members can get out of it, though we often see it that way, especially in a consumer society. The Church vital to the individual members to be sure! If we allow ourselves to be cut off from the Church, we are cut off from the branches of the vine, which is Christ! As vital as the Church is for each of us, we are vital to the Church and should be bearing the kind of fruit that grows from a Church connected to the vine which is Christ.

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  12. “. . . unto, we all arriving into the oneness of the belief, and the realization of God’s son, into a consummate man, into the measure of the size of Christ’s fulfillment . . . ” Ephesians 4:13

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  13. “We are here for the world…”
    I love that statement. How easy it is in our American society to lose sight of that fact! I’ve told many people through the years that it’s not about you,your wants and your desires,but it’s about Christ living in each of us compelling us onward to take the gospel to the lost.
    After forty years of church ministry I have come to realize that I am most impactful outside the walls of the church because that is where real ministry takes place. Far,far too many within the confines of the church building see themselves as needing nothing when in truth they have been blinded by the god of self. Given the choice I much prefer to minister to total strangers than try to minister to someone who “has it all”.
    Great post and keep up the good work!
    Ron

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    • Sometimes it’s easier to minister to someone that is a stranger. We all need Jesus, but sometimes those of us that have been following Him for awhile forget that. Thanks for reading!

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  14. Thanks for connecting us to you, I very much enjoyed reading your post. 2 things come to mind that follow your lead: first off you are in fact edifying the church by reminding us of our mission, thank you, I need the reminders as much as anyone. Second, as we focus on going out into the world I am reminded of how many people are literally perishing in the pews around us. For those who attend a large church like we do, it often becomes a hiding place for hurting people. How easy is it to assume the folks around you “have it together?” We need to remember not to miss the tree in front of us as we enter the forest. Reminds me of another post you wrote about your grandpa and that relationships matter! Thanks for the blessing.

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    • Thanks for reading and adding to the conversation! You’re second point is right on. Often we assume people have it together and never actually do life with people in our own church. We are missing one of the biggest blessing God intended by doing so.

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  15. Hi Curtis

    Saw you liking some things and thought I better come see! I am glad I did as you have some good stuff here. I love this quote
    “I want to make one thing in this post clear. I am not proposing we go find a church that does this and join up there. I’m proposing we do this at the church we are at. ”

    Amen so much to that. If you read my blog at all, I am all for the importance of service in the local church. Well said and I look forward to reading more.

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    • Thanks for stopping by and reading! Look forward to reading more of your posts!

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    • Amen Curtis, in our sphere of influence (People that attend church but don’t know God) Neighbors that just need a Christian gesture to remind them of who Jesus is. The Church is fellowship, but how we conduct ourselves when we are not in it is the church we extend!

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    • jsheeleygbc

      I agree, this was one of the points that stood out to me the most. I’ve seen so many over the years hop from church to church looking for what would make them happy with no thought of why they were unhappy at each church. Far too many with the mindset of needing the church to satisfy their needs without any realization that each member of the body of Christ has a greater obligation to love God and love others first. Our “happiness” is really not what we should be seeking but the joy of serving our Lord Jesus Christ through worship and caring for others. When we seek our happiness first it will be the last thing we usually find.

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  16. Isn’t it so amazing how there are so many churches all over the place and a lot of evil, hatred and wickedness in the world?

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  17. sta1986

    Reblogged this on Rubik Cube of Mim.

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  18. Part of the mission of the church is to serve as a “spiritual-charging-station” for believers. As we gather and build each other up in our faith, we leave better-prepared for whatever ministry God has called us to. My primary “outreach” is through my blog, because it goes many places where I can’t physically go, but I also have a very person ministry to someone who only lives a few yards from me. If I didn’t get regularly “recharged”, both of those ministries would be much more difficult.

    Steve

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  19. Reblogged this on The Living Message of Christ and commented:
    I couldn’t say it better, so read this post please.

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  20. Amazing post, glad that we are the Church!

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  22. Hey Curtis!
    Prior to Christ’s return, what we call “church” today will look radically different.

    The Church will be a body of believers, not a building.

    Clergy AND the congregation will hear from God.

    An intimate relationship and worship of the Lord will replace traditions and rituals.

    This change is in its early stages. Let us hasten its maturity!

    I am honored that you are following justkeepingitREAL. It warms my heart to know you will be visiting me.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Rita

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  24. Church isn’t a building with or without a steeple. Buildings are called churches because the church meets there. The word church is from ekklesia- the called out ones – that’s not a building. But it’s hard for us to lose language – I am going to church tomorrow, I was at church, I clean the church, I work at church.
    But the church is the body of believers and it is bigger than just the few you and I meet with. Bigger than anything I can imagine, worldwide and multi-cultural with one aim – to glorify God. How? By loving Him, worshipping Him, growing to be like Him – Holy and by being unable to do anything but carry and share His kingdom with us everywhere we go cos He is just that amazing.

    This article was awesome and the responses equally so, I just had to add my tuppence and celebrate being part of that One body *hugs all round*

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  25. My friend, you nail it. Good job.

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  26. Reblogged this on Finding Grace and commented:
    He got it right. Very good red.

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  27. Reblogged this on The Progressive Christian Blog and commented:
    Here’s a well written post from an acquaintance of mine that I thought I’d share with everyone.

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  28. Well, I’m a Christian and I’ve been homeless a couple of times. The only indoor places I had to sleep were infested with bedbugs. The last time I was covered with bedbug bites (worse than mosquito bites, they last for weeks and bleed when you scratch them) all over my neck, arms, hands, legs, ankles and feet. No hot water to wash either. Invariably plump pastors, priests, nuns and monks would give me food, if you think garbage qualifies as food. But hey, at least these emulators of Christ are eating well themselves. And so, I don’t go to church anymore, not even for Easter, and there’s a really good lunch after Easter service at the Methodist church here. They even have wine, lots of it.

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  29. Very well said, my brother in Christ!

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  30. Thanks for this labor of love. I like the sign over the exit: The Church is leaving the building. I am currently struggling with the idea of Church. Thank you for some fellowship in this area, You are a brother in deed. Thank you!

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  31. wonderful post! Thank you for sharing. 😀

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  32. Jeffery,

    Excellent post. You write well and have submitted a broad and necessary view of the purpose of the church for disciples of Jesus who can now, with other members, improve their church. Thanks for following my blog. May God bless your writing and may the Spirit be with your church members.

    Betsy

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  33. tameekaking

    Reblogged this on Be Lifted.

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  34. This post reminds me of Compassion. One of their slogans is: “Changing the World – one child at a time”. They also work with churches, so the members of a church in the UK might go with them to somewhere like Ghana, and all sponsor children from the same project. It’s amazing – the impact we can have when working together.

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  36. Brilliant! You are so on target. We are the church. We are here for the world. So, let’s put our walking shoes on our feet, a smile of love on our faces—and go out into the world to take the church and share it with others. Like Jesus did.

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  37. Hallelujah, friend, I got two most important verse which father showed me just now, to manifest what you said, 1 Corinthians 6:19 – Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? & Romans 12:1 – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.
    Lastly, I ask God to bless you friend. Hallelujah.
    And I would like to add saying that we are not Christians if we do not follow Christ, that also means, not choosing the creation of man, over the creation of God. Well a few days ago actually God showed me how to become a Christian, a perfect Christian, that thought we are imperfect in our flesh, we can be perfect in Christ, now I really do not want to spam, but the matter is big so I’ll just leave the link for you friend.https://ofhisgloryblog.wordpress.com/are-we-christians/
    Hallelujah

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  38. Do you mind if I link to this post in a blog I’m working on?

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