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FAITH FOR TODAY: Shedding light

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By Jon Rohr

There is a common misconception going around that we have to go to church on Sunday morning.  I know that sounds like an odd thing for a pastor to say, but give me a minute to explain.

We need each other.  After all God Himself created us to be in community together. I am not in any way saying that you do not need to meet together with other believers.  On Sunday morning the church should fellowship together.  On Sunday morning the church should worship together.  On Sunday morning the church should learn and grow together.

But it is not the place that makes the church, it is the people.  On Sunday morning the church meets together and for a little while the church is gathered into a building, but the church is much more than a few buildings.

In fact the church is not the buildings at all.  The church is not defined by where we meet.

The church is the body of Christ.  The church is the light of the world and the salt of the earth.  The church is the people of God living out our faith every day.  The church is not where we are on Sunday morning!  The church is who we are every day of our lives.  As believers we are the church.

The misconception is that we go to church, but in reality we bring the church with us.  The church building is there, but the church is not there until the people of God have gathered.  And the church exists independently of any building.  If the church does not exist outside of our buildings, then it will not exist inside any building either.

My point is that we need to pay more attention to being the church and less attention to going to church!  Of course we need to gather together for support and refreshing, we need to meet together to encourage one another and to exhort one another.  But the truth is that we are IN church just a few short hours a week, but we ARE the church 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Jesus reminds us that though we are sent into the world, we are not of the world (John 17).  You see the church was created to be in the world.  We were made to be the salt that preserves.  We were made to be the light of truth to shine in the darkness.  So go and be a little salty this week.  Go and shed a little of His light abroad.  Go and be His church, for that is what you are!