The church is not a building. It can’t be located on a specific piece of property or at a specific day or time. The church is global and eternal. The church exists wherever followers of Jesus Christ find themselves. I am the church.
The church makes disciples, baptizing and teaching them to keep everything Jesus commanded. It has no other purpose or function. If it does anything that does not in some way lead to baptizing or teaching disciples to keep everything Jesus commanded, it is not then functioning as the church. I am the church.
The church is made of members, not club members, but parts of the Body of Christ. Those members—limbs, digits, glands, and organs—exist solely to function with other parts of the body and cannot fulfill their function alone or while separated from the body. I am the church.
The church does not die every Sunday afternoon to be resurrected the following Sunday morning. The church dies to self every day and rises to a new life that shows resurrection and freedom at all times. I am the church.
The church begins with love, which is not self-serving. The church relies on God for sustenance and focuses instead on the needs of the community and beyond to bring glory to God. I am the church.
The church must be nurtured. Each member of the body is either growing stronger or weaker. The church desires growth and health and seeks a steady diet of the Word and exercise through spiritual disciplines because of a constant hunger, just as a physical body craves daily food and grows stronger through physical exercise. I am the church.
The church suffers weakness and failure, and even, to great detriment, rejects members that have been transplanted in. The church poisons itself with selfishness and pride. But the church also knows that the only antidote to that poison is the blood of Christ. I am the church.
Inspired by Thom Rainer