Is The Church A Building?
Going to Church
One of the greatest and most common mistakes that I see in congregations is the idea of “going to church”. We need to get back to fundamentally understanding the Bible as a whole. Not just assuming that attending a building once or twice a week guarantees our salvation. Always remember that the old testament was a shadow of what was yet to come.
One example of this shadowing is the blood of the lamb during Passover. This represents the blood Jesus shed on Calvary. In the old testament, they had the tabernacle
in which was was a room referred to as the Holy of Holies. This room could only be visited by the high priest once a year on the day of atonement to offer a blood sacrifice, but after the crucifixion of Christ the veil was broken and we regained access to God without the need of going to a physical temple.
Ephesians ch 2 v 19-22 explains that we are the temple of God…
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
Let me be clear in mentioning that when I say the word church I am not speaking of a building, for Jesus said: “God does not dwell in a place made by hands”.
We are the church, the body of true believers, and by true I mean those who have turned from their old ways and have made the decision to follow Christ. Regardless of our imperfections, God knows our heart and promises His Spirit to those of us who want to restore our relationship with Him. When we acknowledge this then the Spirit begins to guide us so we may help the body of believers (the church) and help those who are lost, become a part of the church as well.