Souls, not structures

What’s the purpose of church?
What’s the purpose of “the church?”

Seems like the answer should be pretty easy but in reality we’ve turned the purpose of God into a convoluted mess.  God’s focus is on people but the mega churches of today seem to be more focused on expanding their property lines than reaching out to their communities.  The money we spend on fancy buildings would be better spent on feeding the poor or clothing the homeless; I wonder how many sandwiches or warm coats $8.5 million would buy.

I’m reminded of Jesus’ words from Matt. 7:24-27 “…but everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”  I hope we aren’t building God’s house on sand.  Here’s the reality, hiding inside the walls of the church and waiting for the community to come to us will never work.

God’s focus is on people, not buildings.
Maybe our focus should be on souls and not structures.

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