These misconceptions might be common, but don't fall for these lies about the church.
“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.” – A. W. Tozer
1. Church is optional.
Ah, the lone believer, hell-bent on staying out of a church community for one reason or another.
They were burned, chastised or mistreated.
And I get it. I, too, was a solo “Christian” trying to call a five-minute quiet time and a snippet of Scripture “church.” I know what it is to be community-less and long for (but never actually believe it could happen) a spiritual family, where brethren would lay down their life for one another—reminiscent of the book of Acts.
Oh yeah, but then, through a series of painful life-altering events (another post for another time), I came to see church was not optional because, I was, in fact, the church.
When scripture refers to the church as “the house of God,” “the Body of Christ,” “Christ’s bride,” it is referencing a people. The ekklesia, in Greek. It is not a place or a building, which leads me to …
2. We go to church.
Those in the church have long believed we go to church.
But, as stated above, if we are the church, then this can’t actually be true. We don’t actually go to church on Sunday.
What we do instead is assemble where other members of the church happen to be, and we usually sit in a pew and listen to someone preach from the pulpit. This is not church.
You are the church.