One church, two church, three church or four?
‘James, can I ask you a question?’
It was Sunday night. And after our church’s evening service I bump into a friend who I haven’t seen for a while.
‘What do you think about going to one church or two? Or what about three or four?’
A good question
It’s a question I’ve asked myself before. Because right now, choice is king.
Why pay for a movie download when you can stream whatever film you want? Why spend £30 a month on a gym membership, when you can sign up to Move GB and do a different class every day?
Why tie yourself down? Better to keep things flexible, right?
Well, not always.
A better answer
Many of the best things in life aren’t a result of flexibility. In fact, what makes them so worthwhile is the exact opposite.
Seeing your team getting promoted after years fighting relegation. Laughing with a friend who you have walked with through hard times. Going back to your family home after all its ups and downs.
Life’s most satisfying things always require commitment. And the Bible says it’s the same with church.
A better community
Church isn’t a building, a concert or a social club. It’s a family (Acts 2:44).
And just as you wouldn’t choose to have more than one family, it doesn’t make sense to be part of more than one church.
Church is where Christians recognise new believers in baptism (1 Corinthians 12:13). It’s where we enjoy God’s family meal together (1 Corinthians 10:13). It’s where we can ask honest questions like, ‘Can we go to more than one church?’
Taking the best bits from a range of churches uses the church as a way to serve ourselves. But by committing to our local church family we begin to experience church as God designed it to be.