Just a casual read of the New Testament will show you that God’s church is His followers – people who have responded to His call. In New Testament terms the church is clearly a community of people who are on a journey together. Today the word church means many things…the main 2 of which are problematic. First, the idea that the church is a building crushes what is really important about a called out people. It encourages people to make permanent what should only be viewed practically (God’s people need a place to worship together). Second, and with a much more devestating consequence is how many “churches” are full of people who are not following Jesus in Word, practice, or both.

On Friday I received a call that shook me – our church would be needed to vacate it’s premises because a business with more money was taking over the space. My first thoughts were pain, frustration, and trying to figure out a way to keep it from happening. The 3rd floor of the building we use has been a great blessing to us over the years. Much prayer, sacrifice, sweat, and tears got us up there in the first place. Until that phone call came I didn’t realize my own attachment to this physical space. What I often preached about not investing our hearts on temporal things was betrayed in my emotions. “If you then were raised with Christ, set your mind on things above…” (Colossians 3:1).

As the Lord worked in my heart through the Holy Spirit and encouraging brothers and sisters, I turned from a sense of anxiousness about the situation to peace and faith. We had already planned 12 weeks of men waking up at 5:30 AM one day a week to meet together and pray, we scheduled the same on a different morning for the ladies. We had 15 guys come on Tuesday and lift up their voices to God through prayer in worship, confession, thanksgiving, and requests. It was a powerful time, and we will continue strong. All of this has given me a deeper sense of God’s call and greatness. Praise God for the trials that stretch our faith. I believe it sunk into us all that what we needed most was God and each other, and if we really have that focus and that unity all else will fall into place in God’s timing and provision.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
PS – It’s now Wednesday, and we are still in flux about our meeting space, as nothing has been set in stone. We simply pray, “Lord, for Your glory may Your will be done.”

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