10 Things The Church is Not

There were mixed responses to the reasons why I don’t go to church (institutional church) anymore.

Some identify.

Some think I criticize.

Know that my heart is never to attack the church but to be faithful to it’s true meaning. But there is much confusion with the way the word “church” is understood and used nowadays.

To reveal it’s true meaning, I have listed 10 things what the church is not:

1. An institution.

2. A denomination.

3. A building.

4. A Bible study.

5. A sermon.

6. A worship service or program.

7. An event.

8. A training center.

9. A business.

10. A once-a-week thing.

So if we take these all away, “What then is the church?” you may ask. Or a better question would be, “Who is the church?”

Immediately you would say it’s a people. But based on the language that many people use, it’s usually described as one of the things listed above.

“So where do we go now?”

I like how Wayne Jacobsen answers that:

But if the church is something we are, not someplace we go, how can we leave it unless we abandon Christ himself?  [Continue reading here]

In other words, being the church is none of these as if it were a place we need to go to. Instead, it is a body—a body of people to be exact. I mean, we are called the Body of Christ, right? We can’t be separated from Him no matter where we are.

We are the church…wherever we go.

What do you think the church is about?

Please check out these blog posts I recommend for further reading:

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  1. Deborah Kiblinger · · Reply

    Well said Remy. Thanks for the additional reading references.

    1. Thanks Deborah! Those references were a big help to me. I hope they would help others too. 🙂

  2. Thank you for the link and thank you for sharing your thoughts on this as well.

    1. You’re welcome! 🙂

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