What the real church look like?
So what does it look like? This question is a tough one when you dig into how we perceive church today. However when you dig into to this sensitive topic with the perspective of human nature as the premise it all starts to make sense.
The original word for Church is Ekklesia, defined as; a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly. In other words a gathering with one catch, this gathering is with people who are like minded, of one accord. Agreed?
Let me put this in perspective, I was invited to a bar for a lunch with a group of men who all had beards. Funny isn't it. In order to be a part of this group of men known as the bearded sinners, you had to have a beard and be willing to be vested into the club wholeheartedly. I never became a member but had the pleasure of hanging out with these guys on a number of occasions doing various activities.
Let me tell you what I saw. If there was a need, like one of the members was suffering from a health condition and ended up in the hospital. Without any hesitation, wholeheartedly there was a group of bearded men around him and his family at all times.
Another situation, I brought up my passion for helping the homeless. Once again without hesitation there was 10 bearded me with supplies and food at a Christian shelter helping me serve.
Yet another situation, a member was in need of household goods due to a medical emergency, once again without fail a response that was beautifully done wholeheartedly. Groceries and bills were taken care of without question.
So what's my point? My point is that a "church" is not a building or gathering for self comfort, what it really is boils down to a gathering of sold out people with the same mission. As it relates to truly being a believer, a real church is like minded people with one accord, period. A group of people who are sold out to being disciples and using their gifts to server their maker wholeheartedly.
This is one of those topics that is not easy to tackle, mostly due to the fact that good things happen while at the model that has become accepted today. Even though this is nowhere close to the authors were really describing. Take a minute and read Acts 2. This story is not about giving, it's about being 100% sold out and is often mis taught by pastors. Cross Church is a great example. The pastor used this message to encourage giving for pastor appreciation month. Not cool.
Take a hard look at people who gather passionately with a common love and ask yourself does this behavior apply to my church. Think Super Bowl fans, think runners, think gay activists ( not justifying but look at their steadfastness in getting their point across ) think Hells Angels, think video game enthusiast. All of these groups when active put believers to shame in sharing their life purpose.
If you want to know what a real church looks like, attend a meeting of sold out people, in this case, being sold out is not comparable to any other passion. It is being sold out for eternity and being forever grateful for the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf with the opportunity to be right with our maker.
The church today is nothing more than a derivative model of catholicism, with in short is nothing more than a government systematic of not being able to beat so we might as well control them which was bucked by the reformation who in turn did not create the church, it was simply reforming the government system into something not as controlled.
Something to think about, ask yourself if everyone in that room you hanging out with drinking coffee and eating donuts with on Sunday morning is sold out for Jesus? If not, you're not at a real church, you're at a reformed business model.