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Why Make Church Buildings

Why is there so much confusion about who's church is right. The church is just a building and the church is us, so what is the problem. Christ is coming back for his people and not the building we worship in.

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 ---Shirley_cherry on 10/20/06
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Part # 2 I arrived at this conclusion because we find members of the body of Christ and different churches. Many times these churches themselves do not recognize that they have members of the body of Christ within their members this of course is a sad situation
---mima on 12/22/07

Part # 1 I find this question very interesting. For many years now I have wondered what is the correct answer to this question. And I have come to the conclusion(just my opinion) that the purpose of the denominational church buildings is to create division within the body of Christ.
---mima on 5/4/07

mima, good observations, Eph.4:1-11 names ministry gift's of the church when captivity was led captive. Many body members, different ministries & gifts, why? Vs.12-16. again we're to be at peace with those in the secular world who are given rule over us for many reasons. I guess many D. Koresh's, J.Jones, are still around. Going it alone is not always best unless called therein. Always good to have a good home base! Perilous Times, Perilous Times! Saw a peaceful picture once with a name like yours.
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 11/28/06

[1] Shirley, Mima, Others: First, yes, the 'ekklEsia' (the Body of Christ) is PEOPLE; not buildings, and Christ's Church def. spans across many denominational lines! Few if any of them are operating as Christ commanded, but neither are 'radicals' who won't submit to church elders. Many 'local churches' are described in Scripture (and how they should be run!); unanimous elder rule (for doctrine and major decisions), deacons, etc. are clearly presented. If there are ONLY a few Christians within [cont.]
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

[2] within miles all around them, they should begin a church; but in many cases, esp. in the USA, there are often TOO many to choose from already! ['Which one should you join?' and 'When should you leave a church?' have become important questions for many of us!] Without taking a clear stand for the Authority of Scripture and prominence that preaching all of God's Word (not just what makes people feel good) will have in your church, you might as well never begin! Like churches that Paul planted, [cont.]
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

[3] its major focus should be on 'building up' its members in The Faith; not just witnessing (though that will also play a big part), nor some Biblically 'minor aspect' like what time and where to meet, etc. You'd better be really prayerfully committed to this too! A handful of people who meet to study God's Word might be in a discipling relationship, but without a clear vision to incorporate many others and actually reaching goals to do so, that's not a 'local church'.
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

[4] WHERE you meet can be in a home if there aren't too many. I've attended 'house churches' before; one of my Bible studies actually became a local church! A major diff. is when you go from just gathering for Bible studies and worshipping, to baptising those you witnessed to, who became saved, and having communion with each other AND having elders and deacons! Usually it takes a number of families, say a dozen or so all being committed to living for Christ, before a group can really begin a church.
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

[5] So WHY A BUILDING? The simple fact is that as a local church grows, UNLESS you want to split everyone up, you need somewhere large enough to all meet in! Even Paul met (either 'renting' time or being donated) for TWO YEARS in a school building in Ephesus to teach and preach about Christ and presumably worship God with those who were saved (Acts 19:9-10).
---danie9374 on 10/21/06

Church is a fellowship of christians and the building is insignificant. Also a place doesn't become holy or unholy, its the persons heart. The more Holiness there is in a church of Christians the better it is. Heb 10:25 'Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together' it implies that fellowship of christians is important. The quality of an assembly relects in its leader, one needs to make an informed decision on choosing the fellowship he wants to be a part of and avoid any confusion.
---Aurunoday on 10/20/06

I am the earthern vessle that is home to the Holy spirit. A church is where two or more are gathered in His name, He is presant.
---Lynn on 10/20/06

**I expect this trend to continue as we see more and more individual soulwinners actually leading people to The Lord Jesus Christ.**

This is a very dangerous strain in American pop-evangelicals--the rugged spiritual individualist who is a one man band--just Jesus and him, and that's all.
---Jack on 10/20/06

The church is NOT a building but the called out ones, simply put- people. This is just one of the problems that affects our witness and testimony as Christians. There are just too many factions, and sects. Many people wrongly believe that their dedication to God is evident in how often they walk through the doors of their particular building. How far from the truth, and how sad.
---Angela on 10/20/06

#1 Shirley_cherry, I completely agree. I have heard perversions that the buildings are a 'house of God' and ohter similar remarks from the pulpit made by wolves in sheeps clothing. I agree that we are not to forsake the assembly, the problem is that man has taken that scripture and fashioned an entire doctrine around it.
---Ryan on 10/20/06

#2 Shirley_cherry, The assembly I have is five brothers sitting around a table, for a timespan of 5 to 6 hours, discussing and studying the word of God & I tell you, there is more ability to grow there spiritualy than at a building for 45 min on Sunday.
---Ryan on 10/20/06

#4 Today as never before the church building denominations are losing their members. Are losing their incomes. I expect this trend to continue as we see more and more individual soulwinners actually leading people to The Lord Jesus Christ.
I also would like to state that several churches have attempted to get the individual soulwinners to direct their converts to their buildings, I wonder why, are they incapable of giving their own converts? You be the judge.
---mima on 10/20/06

The local Body does need some place to gather.

It's strictly a practical matter.

FWIW, I've seen many churches, including Orthodox ones, meeting in rented spaces in malls and office buildings.
---Jack on 10/20/06

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Part #3All ministries that fail to confine themselves to a church building nomination can never find support or acceptance among the denominational churches. Yet I believe more salvations(people coming to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior) are taking place outside of the church buildings than on the inside. I know several individual soulwinners that have led over a thousand individuals to accept the Lord Jesus Christ. What church I ask you can make this same statement
---mima on 10/20/06

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