You go every Sunday, you have your favorite spot in the back section on the left where you sit with friends, and most of the time you make it through the sermon without dozing off. This is your church. But you should also know that church is a lot more than steeples, pews, and bricks.
Your church exists to be a part of a community, and it fills a void only the church can. People have deep physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and the local church is tasked with meeting those. As the hands and feet of Jesus, you can jump a car battery when someone is stranded, sit with a friend who is mourning the loss of a grandparent, or pray with a stranger who is hurting and seeking answers only God can provide.
We exist with one purpose: to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. But that starts right outside the walls of your church, right down the road on Madison Avenue and 54th Street. It begins with occasionally giving up a football game in order to work the shift at the homeless shelter. It looks like being willing to talk about your faith so others who might not know can hear. Taking the gospel to the whole earth is a big goal, too big for any of us to accomplish alone—so we have to do our parts, loving and witnessing to the people around us. Because if we don’t do that much, who will?
Why is the church so important in the digital age? Check out today’s Kingdom Worker Conversation with Roxanne Stone. Roxanne works for the Barna Group, where she does a lot research about young people and their faith. As you watch, think about your local church and the role it plays in your Christian life.
On Sunday mornings it’s important to remember that church is so much more than simply a plot of land—it’s people who are united in their mission to glorify God and to spread his name (1 Chron. 16:29, 1 Cor. 10:31). The sermon is just the beginning.