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Too often we get caught up in what church really is.. We say we don’t like a church because of the pastor or the music or its programs or even the lack thereof… but those things are not the church. Take away those things and the church is still there. We are the church. The church is the people inside.. wanting to grow together as the body of Christ. We are church because we are God’s people on a mission to share His love.

The church is you with a plan.. to plug in to God at a weekend service, to charge up in a small group community, to live out using your gifts and your talents and to pass on your faith to those who don’t know Christ.

When we live like this.. when we as a church live out this plan, nothing else matters. I don’t go to church for my pastor or his message… And I don’t go to church for the music.. I don’t go to church because of the events and programs that it has going on.. I go to church for the people.. for the fellowship and for the difference I know we can make when we live out the plan God calls us to live.

The next time you go to church, ask yourself why you go to that church. Is for the awesome concert-like performance the praise band does? Is it for the powerful message by the pastor? Is it for the activities and fun events for you or your children? Why do you go to that particular church? Does it align with the mission that God calls us to?

The church is you with a plan.. find a church that helps you live out that plan. Don’t be a spectator.. be the church.

Click here to watch a great video by Worship House Media that illustrates this concept more…

(Below are the lyrics to a pretty famous children’s song.. it’s funny how I was drilled these lyrics as a child never realizing how true each word in the song is…)

We are the Church

I am the Church, you are the Church, we are the Church together.
All who follow Jesus all around the world, yes, we’re the Church together.

The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple,
the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.

I am the Church, you are the Church, we are the Church together.
All who follow Jesus all around the world, yes, we’re the Church together.

We’re many kinds of people, with many kinds of faces,
all colors and all ages, too, from all times and places.

I am the Church, you are the Church, we are the Church together.
All who follow Jesus all around the world, yes, we’re the Church together.

Sometimes the church is marching, Sometimes it’s bravely burning,
Sometimes it’s riding, sometimes hiding, Always it’s learning.

I am the Church, you are the Church, we are the Church together.
All who follow Jesus all around the world, yes, we’re the Church together.

And when the people gather, there’s singing and there’s praying,
there’s laughing and there’s crying sometimes, all of it saying:

I am the Church, you are the Church, we are the Church together.
All who follow Jesus all around the world, yes, we’re the Church together.

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