Are churches missing body parts? | Church


As human beings, something in us is drawn to community on some level. We join the board of a non-profit organization, we are part of a club, we serve our community, and we have a group of friends and family that we love.

This is a good thing; however, at some point we realize that it does not fill all the holes in our heart. At some point in our lives, we begin to crave something deeper, more complete, and more meaningful.

We are talking about the church this month. When I think of church, one of the reasons I go is to belong. I need to be reminded every week that I am created in the image of God, that I am a child of God and that God loves me. I can’t do it alone, I need to live it in community because we all come together to remember this fact.

That’s why so many weird people are still part of the church – it’s the only place they belong. I used to bemoan this fact as a “too cool” teenager, and now I see it as one of the great blessings of the church. We meet weekly in part to remember that we belong because we belong to Christ.

Paul was aware of this problem of unworthiness that we are subject to, and he wrote about it in 1 Corinthians 12. The problem is that some feel like they don’t belong, and when we feel like we don’t don’t belong, we start to get jealous. one another.

This is what happened to the church in Corinth, so Paul must remind them that they all have a role in the church. He explains it by saying that we are all part of the body of Christ. In other words, we all have God-given gifts, talents, and abilities to make this world a better place. These gifts are different, but all are important. When Christians use their gift in the church, they come together to form something beautiful – a functioning, functioning body.

My fear today is that our churches are missing certain parts of the body. I wonder if Christians who have decided to try to walk without the church remember that they belong to the body of Christ. Perhaps the greatest tragedy is that Christians who have decided there is no need for regular church membership deprive the church of their greatest gift, themselves.

Our churches could truly use their knowledge, perspective, ability, service, and love to minister in the kingdom. I’m afraid the image of the modern church has been reduced to one weekly gathering where we sing a few songs and listen to someone talk to each other too long; sorry for that last one.

When the church can stay on mission and build a healthy body of Christ, then the church can have incredible impacts for good in the world. I still believe that to be true today, if only we could have your donations to help be a part of it.

Reverend Tyler Goudeau is Senior Minister at Poncha Springs Church of Christ.

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