Thursday, April 26, 2007

how do we be “the” church?

it has been an interesting few weeks. running into old friends, attempting to explain where we are at in our lives right now. i kept using the phrase “we are in the process of planting a church” and people would immediately say “wow that’s cool”. within a matter of moments, the question invariably came…how many people have you got?

looking back at my response to the question i realized that i had set them up for this. i used the phrase “planting (a) church”. i’m not so sure that is the most accurate description of what god is doing in us right now.

you see i do not want to plant a church. i don’t want to add yet another variety to the buffet of options for believers to choose from. i want to be a part of a community that takes being the church to a new level. i am not sure what that is all going to look like just yet, but I am sure that i do not want to be a church. i want to be “the’ church.

and lest that be mis-interpreted as “the” church…as in the church that everyone wants to go to…i want to be the bride. i want to be the church universal. to tap into the incredibly rich heritage that is christendom. to look back at what it truly means to be the hands and feet; the body of jesus.

so if we are the body of christ…and he only has one body…what does it look like to be the church?
peace to you,