As a child, I learned the following old poem while using little hand motions:
“Here is the church.
Here is the steeple.
Open the doors,
And see all the people!”
One of the most misused and misunderstood words is “church.” We often think of the church as the building where we worship, but do you realize that the church of the first century rarely met in a church building?
Listen to some of the ways the term “church” is used in the New Testament:
Romans 16.5 – “Greet also the churchin their house”
Acts 5.11 – “And great fear came upon the whole church…” (buildings don’t feel fear)
Acts 12.5 – “So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. (buildings don’t pray)
During my years in college, the preacher at our congregation flipped this poem around:
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