Friday, July 18, 2008

What Is Church, part III

Did you read the comments from the two earlier posts on this topic? You should. They are both well written. As I responded in the comment field to Nate, I will be posting my thoughts on this topic soon, but still have a few questions for you to think through. Nate laid out (although brief) Why Church for him. I know he will respond to this, but I am asking you as well. Could the same points he made for his desires to attend church be used for someone to not attend church? I'm still interested to see if anyone will post their thoughts biblically on church attendance. Nate's comment touched on a few passages. Anything else come to mind? Here is something to ponder...

Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become "unity" conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified.
A.W. Tozer

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.
John Piper

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