“Where is your church?” I’ve always thought that was a rather peculiar question. I know what people mean by it — they want to know the physical location of your building, so they can come and worship with you or attend one of your programs.
But “church” in the bible never refers to a building or a location…it always refers to the people who have identified themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. Quite simply, the church is people.
So, “where is your church?” should prompt some interesting answers: I pray that on any given day our church is in their homes, loving the family that God has put them in. I pray that we are lending a helping hand to our neighbor, giving a shoulder to cry on for someone in need, down at the food pantry caring for those less fortunate, bringing the gospel to the foreign mission field, sitting in a retirement home with someone who is lonely, washing the feet of the homeless person downtown…
Our church just recently bought our first piece of property and will now have an answer to the question “Where is your church?” While I hope that people will come to our physical location and worship God with us, I fervently hope that the actual answer to the question is much more diverse and interesting than a street address.