That’s right – a Pastor is encouraging you to stop going to church; I really mean it! STOP! We’ve all become accustomed to simply going to church – as if church is a place. It’s not! Many of us have special uniforms (church clothes) that we don only on Sunday (church day), so we can go and attend worship (church service), giving God our tithes (church money).
It’s as if we have a neatly organized series of Rubbermaid Totes: one with tools for work, one with books for school, one with money for bills, one with your hobbies for you, and one with time for family. We keep God compartmentalized with his own day, his own money, his own clothes, his own house. When, in reality, we should empty the contents of our ‘God-tote’ out into all the other totes. God doesn’t want a piece of me or my week or my wallet. He doesn’t work that way. He wants it all – after all, it’s all His anyway, right? If I’m His child, then I am all His; so why do I have such a hard time letting go? That’s why I’m asking you to stop going to church… to get you thinking about being the church.
We are the Bride of Christ… Church is about a PERSON, not a place.
We are the Body of Christ… Church is about EVERY DAY, not just Sunday.
We are the Family of God… Church is about OTHERS, not about me.