Pastors proclaim that church is more than an event. Parishioners say they don’t want to attend church they want to be the church. If this is true, why do so many people look, act and think differently on Monday than they do on Sunday?
It is an amazing truth that lives are changed through the simple preaching of the gospel. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). Proclaiming God’s Word has a powerful and life changing effect on people. Yet many people will hear and say (preacher, this is for you too) such powerful truths and leave unchanged. We sing lyrics like, “If ever I loved thee, my Jesus tis now,” only to leave and stiff our waiter. Why can so many hear a word about being a godly spouse then flirt with an office co-worker?
Many of us lack true wholeness because we compartmentalize our lives. We lack fulfillment because our lives are divided into sections, not because we have not heard our pastor say that true fulfillment only comes from Christ. We have a work section, a relationship section, a financial section, and a church section. Most of us only fit Jesus into our church section which means Sunday morning. This leaves most areas in our lives Jesus free. We may be able to quote the book of Genesis (or at least 3 John), but does it change how we treat the server at the restaurant, the woman at the gym, an employee, a spouse, money, or any other piece of our life that does not take place between 9:00am and 11:00am on Sunday?
Is church more than Sunday or is it simply another part of our lives?