Hierarchies and arches, hoops to to jump through, regulations to adhere to.
Is this how you see church?
The building, seems to be the important factor, the bricks and mortar taking precedence over people.
We need structure, boundaries, limits but not to the extent that we can no longer breathe.
As Christians our boundaries are found in scripture, but what we also find there is grace. God’s mercy is unending, we are so blessed to have such a merciful God.
Sometimes we need to hold onto the structure of church, it gets us through a time or a season.
Whilst holding onto the bricks and mortar though we have to go back to scripture,
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Ephesians 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowshipwith one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
We can’t fly solo, we need the fellowship of Christians. It is not just geting together for some happy-clappy singing. It is about getting real over an agape meal, sharing honestly when we are struggling with the messy stuff that crops up in our lives.
The buildings we worship in all have regulations either written or unwritten, we can feel like we are reaching levels within the structures. I didn’t realsie until today that some churches actually have levels of membership based on the courses people complete. Some call them steps others call them levels but the aim in both is to have people moving up the hierachy.
In all the levels there are going to be messy people, do they hide the messiness more the further up they go?