September 23, 2007

A Thought Provoking Post by Scott Aughtmon

I read this post on loving people more than you love your church.

You may not get what you think. As a leader, pastor, or church member we want to love our church. We have a vision of what the church can be and do, and we lead toward that vision. Sometimes, however, we forget that people make up the church. Our goal is to love people not to love the church.

The church needs to be more than a building or collection of traditions and liturgies. The biblical word for Church, ekklessia, means the "gathered ones." The church is the people who are living out the mission of the Kingdom of God. They gather together to worship, learn, recharge, evangelize, but then they go out and live out the life of Christ in front of their family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

Our first act of ministry is to love people.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Eric,

    Just wanted to thank you for coming by my blog and checking it out. Thanks for linking to my post. I'm glad it resonated with someone else! :)