Body of Christ: Confessions of a Flopping Foot

5 thoughts on “Body of Christ: Confessions of a Flopping Foot”

  1. Stunningly good analysis. The Bride is so imperfect, so far short of the mark – and yet, still God’s chosen One (this is true individually as well as collectively) for advancing His Kingdom here on earth. Never has that truism about “what irritates you in someone else is usually something you’re guilty of yourself” been so real than when analyzing a church’s shortcomings. Love it that you did this here. God bless you (and me, because I’m in the same boat with you) in our search for a body of believers that puts our gifts to work to worship God and help others. If we want a good church, let’s go BE it. Blessings.

  2. Just as you pointed out in your “For every time…” points, the key issue is an issue in each one of our individual hearts.

    So as I see it, the key issue here is not whether we are a part of “church as we know it”, a church that would be recognized by most people in this day as a church. The key truth of this whole article really is simply “we in the Body of Christ need each other”. As someone who no longer “goes to church” in the traditional sense, this whole article equally applies to me and my heart. For my own heart, this whole article is talking about whether I should be off on my own, or whether I should be connected to other believers. But the ways in which I am connected to other believers would be seen by most people as not church. So we have to be careful about looking at those like me as being outside of church.

  3. I find your article interesting, however I do feel that like many others you are simply seeing “the church” as that group of people within the building. When you take the time and see “the church” as every believer you come into contact with you start living church instead of just simply “going to church”. I don’t attend traditional church, I don’t attend a “home group” I exist as part of the church…Your “house church” didn’t work because it was still “a church” except the idea was to be “not a church” when you enter into dicipleship and friendship there need not be set time, or places, or agendas, you can simply exist as part of the church, and the bride of Jesus Christ.

  4. I am not a member of a local church or home group (though I do host a bible study every week with a group of women) either. YET. But i know I need to be. I agree that we are the church wherever we go and we can find sustenance in all kinds of places these days that never require us to leave our home or computer. But I find it hard to study Scripture and get away from the fact that Jesus’ own custom was to go to temple each week and gather with others who were seeking God, that He established something called the church on Peter that it is not just the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our individual lives, that from Jesus’ death on, the disciples were in the habit of gathering together other believers for the purpose of worship, encouragement, equipping, teaching, prayer and ministry to others. Whether that is called church or not as it traditionally has been through the centuries is irrelevant to me. The point seems to be that we clearly need this regular, real and tangible community with other believers in order to be a healthy Bride.

  5. Jodi,
    I agree. That’s what I called “being connected” to other believers. That’s what the gathering, and being called out together really was about, just believers wanting to be together and do good stuff together because the Spirit, the Head, was calling the different Body parts to come together and be the Body. It can happen even with two people coming together, not that that is the entirety of a believers local family of believer-connections. It doesn’t have to be something that we build ourselves, in fact is shouldn’t be, Christ builds it. And I’d say the message in the fact that they met “daily” is not that it was “regular”, but that it was frequent, in fact even more frequent than “regular” church nowadays. When we think of church-as-we-know-it, “the gathering”-as-we-know-it, it conjurs up all kinds of restrictions on the Body of Christ that don’t need to, shouldn’t, be there.

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