Monday, November 21, 2005

Where is your church?

One of the first questions we are asked is, "Where is your church?" There are two possible answers to this question: the one expected, and the one we live by.

The answer expected:
When people ask us, "Where is your church?" they usually want to know where we meet or where our building is located. We do not own a building. We currently meet at the Stone Chapel on South Main Street in Wake Forest, NC on Sunday mornings and evenings in order to hold our weekly gathering and prayer meeting respectively. [UPDATE: Beginning Sunday, May 6, 2007 we will begin meeting in the upstairs "Reception Room" of the Cotton Company, located at 306 South Main Street in downtown Wake Forest.] We also meet at the homes of members during the week for Family Bible Studies and for our Lord's Supper/Fellowship. Occasionally, we have also met at various parks and community locations for the Lord's Supper/Fellowship and baptism.

The answer we live by:
Messiah Baptist Church cannot be found in a place. Instead, the church is a group of people. Therefore, the church can be found wherever the people live, work, play, study, or gather. This is not a flippant answer. Nor is it a sarcastic answer. It is, however, a scriptural answer. We do not want to associate the church with a meeting location nor with a meeting time.

1 Comments:

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Alvin Reid alvinreid.com said...

ahhh so well said. we dont go to church, we are the church. But nice to know where you worship corporately :-). I have been so busy with students and teaching I have just now stumbled upon you. Blessings to your ministry here.

 

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