This morning in my news feeds I read a post on Trying to Follow about church and why go to church and it made me think briefly what church is to me.
It should be obvious that it’s not the buildings or theseats or the furniture and only a small part of it is the music/worship, preaching/sermons, and all that stuff. What it really is, is People.
People are the church but to have good church you need relationship. In our church i have some really good ffriends. These are the people i have come to know really well and have come to rely on. You hear people talking about church being like a family and that is true.
Family is about being comfortable with people. It’s about forgiving people, trusting people, relying on people, loving people, caring for people, working through things with people, getting used to people, growing through annoying habits with people…. you get the idea. It’s intimate. And while some are not so lucky to have families that are so co-operative and loving the churhc is the one place where they can get this.
For those who have ha good family lives – then it becomes an extension of this and your family gets bigger.
If you find yourself in a church where you don’t have many really good friends you would aspire to call family then I would urge you to make those friendships stronger.