What is Church?
May 31, 2018
by N.T. Wright
What is the church? The church is first and foremost a community of people who belong to one another because the belong to God, the God we know in through Jesus Christ. Though we often use the word “church” to denote a building the point is that it’s the building where this community meets.
True, buildings can and do carry memories, and when people have been praying and worshipping and mourning and celebrating in a particular building for many years, the building itself may come to speak powerfully of God’s welcoming presence. But it is the people who matter.
The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for God’s kingdom in the world. You can and must worship, and work for God’s kingdom in private and in ways unique to yourself, but if God’s kingdom is to go forward, rather than around and around in circles, we must work together as well as apart.
The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform.
This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship. This doesn’t mean serving one another cups of tea and coffee. It’s all about living within that sense of joint enterprise, a family business, in which everyone has a proper share and a proper place.
At Como Lake United ~
We are Christ’s caring community: connecting people with God and with one another—answering God’s call and making a difference.