What is this thing we call ‘church’? and Why am I walking into church?
How you walk into church will be determined by what you think church is, and what you think you’re doing there.
If you think church is a bit like going to the movies, you might walk in expecting to be entertained or inspired.
If you think church is an opportunity for personal devotion and worship, you’ll probably walk in not wanting to interact too much with anyone else.
If you think church is something you have to do in order to ‘do the right thing’ or stay on God’s good side, you’ll walk in with a determination to do what needs to be done (and then leave as soon as possible).
Church is God’s gathering of God’s people and we walk into this gathering week after week because we need mutual encouragement and exhortation. Each one of us has a role to play in church and each one of us is a necessary part of the gathering. We do not go first to be served by others, but to serve. “Church is not about me. It’s not about the experience I have or what I get out of it. Church is a classic opportunity to love my brothers and sisters who are there, by seeking to build them up in Christ.”
Excerpt from: How To Walk Into Church, by Tony Payne