When you “go to church” these days, it seems that staged teachings and “worship” performances by the “anointed” few during Sunday “services” have become substitutes for the diverse gifts and “one another” imperatives of the New Testament.
When you truly “are the church”, however, shared teachings, songs and diverse gifts arise among us – each and every one – by encouraging and strengthening “one another” in the Lord as functional communities which gather together.
My prayer is that God lead you from the safe confines of “going to church” into the challenging adventure of “being the church” once again.
May you find the courage and zeal to pursue “church” as an expression of the New Testament’s many gifts and “one another” imperatives, rather than settle for an enticing but distracting substitute.
~ Jim Wright