When people hear the word “church,” what do they think?
Owen Strachan, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College, in his book Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome, gives an answer which is in contrast to the various wrong answers. He says:
But what is the local church, then? Well, first and foremost, it’s a group devoted to worshiping the living God according to his inerrant Word, the Bible. It’s an outpost for weary people burdened by sin to meet God and be transformed by him. The church building may not look exciting from the outside, or it may be an aesthetic masterpiece. Whatever the building looks like, though, I can assure you that the local church truly is exciting, because when it’s devoted to God’s Word, it is the body of Christ. It’s a tangible, visible sign that God is real and working and moving in our world.
Strachan gives more of an answer in this excerpt of his book. It’s worth reading and thinking about.