Leighton over at his blog talks about the great time we all had at the lake and in particular the way he connected with Dave and Mike. He said, It was another experience which I could sit back and say, “yeah, THAT was church””
Then do we have church” that exists within Churches and at the same time extends beyond the walls? Getting together with good friends, really sharing what is going on at a deep level, listening and caring, discussing scripture and good books that make us think, being together because we want to be and praying together seem to me to be part of what church” is. But then there is more too
like being part of the music of worship either as part of a congregation or musician
like being involved in ministry and missions
like teaching children (ours and others) about our faith
even like helping to maintain a space where worship can take place
or even like being a pastor to people
And then there are those connections between believers that cross all sorts of denominational and cultural lines that are simply great because of the common ties we have to Christ. That is also church.
The time at the lake was church. Coming back from the lake to interact with a missionary couple was also church, as was sharing in the service and communion the next day in my own Church. Jamming last night with the worship team and then sitting and talking for another hour with a friend while the rocking” guys jammed after was also church”
Do we try and separate out the spiritual” connections from all the rest of our human connections and set those up as church”? If so isn’t that like being a Christian only at church and being something else the rest of the time. Or is it just the connections at a deeper level, the powerful life changing times” with fellow Christians the sort of connection we can call church?
Maybe church just comes in such a variety of forms that when we try to define it by what happens or by the form it takes, we will always come up short. Maybe blogging is sometimes church” too. Can we call church” all the different ways that God connects us to himself and at the same time to other believers (and seekers) around us?