What is Church?

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Romans 1:16

What do you call church?

I think for most American Christians we refer to what we do on Sunday morning as worship. And it’s an appropriate term. We come to church to offer God our prayers and praise and to bring him our gifts as well. Is that really all we do on Sunday morning? Or even the main focus?

In a previous video I mentioned that Christianity is entirely different from every other religion because it focuses not on what we do for God, but instead on what God has done for us. The same is true concerning church. What we do on Sunday morning is all about what God does for us.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to bring our prayers, praise, and offerings to God, but isn’t our gatherings on Sunday morning really all about God bringing us his word? And through that word strengthening our faith? Soothing our conscience for what we have done or left undone this past week?

In the book of Romans, chapter 1 verse 16 it says this:

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. — Romans 1:16

God’s Word, the gospel, is powerful. Powerful to bring us forgiveness of sins. Powerful to strengthen our faith. For this reason some churches have decided to refer to what they do on Sunday morning not as worship, but as divine service.

God’s service. What God does for us. Yes, what a treasure, what a reason to come to church on Sunday morning. Not to give to God, but to receive from him the forgiveness of sins and assurance that heaven is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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