A while back I made a post and my buddy Jarrett had a few questions about the post I don’t typically post from a computer so anything lengthy is hard to compose on my busted cell phone. but any ways below is the original post and questions following there after.
Your body is a temple
With that being said we are the church , literally . so we should invest more of our resources on people and less in buildings and unnecessary programs . I’m not saying those things are bad but when we say “let’s build up the church” I don’t think anyone is referring to the building in which we meet.
Hey, man! I hope you are doing well. I wanted to send a response to your previous post referring to the Church. It is a bit long, so it will be dispersed over the course of three submissions: 1) When Paul stated that our bodies are temples, he was encouraging the brother(s) to stay away from having sex with a prostitute (and any sexual immorality, for that matter).
2) Define “unnecessary programs.” And how would you invest in people? As much as I enjoy having conversations over coffee with skeptics and unbelievers (and Christians, alike), we mustn’t reduce kingdom work to hang out sessions in the name of “fellowship” and “relationship building.”
3) As a body of believers grows, it is necessary to invest in the facility used for their gathering together. The Church is part of their local community and MUST be equipped to serve, provide, and shelter the community as needed.
Okay so here is my repsonse I’m sorry if a stray a little to far from answering your questions and ramble . I do believe that what you have said about paul is true but i also believe that What I have said is true as well, before stephen was martyred hr said ” The most high does not live houses made by men ” What I am trying to say is that the Spirit dwells with in each and everyone of Gods people rather than our house where we gather , The house isn’t even necessary.
Now as far as unnecessary programs are concerned , maybe I was a little harsh when I used the word unnecessary the programs I am referring to aren’t bad or harmful they may even be useful . What I am geting at is that lets not look to see whether or not things or good or bad but lets do whats best . Is there anything wrong with Vacation Bible school ? No not at all but instead of going all out on a one week venture to bing children to christ wouldn’t it be better to teach the children and there families to minister to the children in their neighborhoods on a weekly basis ? This is just one example . I know this sounds harsh and I don’t dissagree with that function I would just like to see the Church learning how to minister rather than being ministered to. . This is just one example maybe even a poor of example but there are many things like this going on . I may be doing a poor Job of conveying my point on this subject and may be able to better convey myself in person .
As far as the buliding in its self and investing in it , Is it necessary ton invest thousands of dollars in worship equipment such as lights and elaborate stages and projectors and flat screen tv’s ? There not bad in nature of course , but couldn’t the chruch invest its stuff that is more benefical towards the kingdom . Again I would love to see the church move towards learning to minister rather than being ministered too .
I apologize If anyone becomes offended I’m not necessarily speaking of every church of course but there are a lot that could invest more so in the people in the church and educating rather than entertaining . Let it be a house of growth and worship .