Many of us, perhaps most of us, grew up in churches that used programs and guilt, occasionally bordering on begging to get people to give their offerings so that the church can continue to exist. Because that is the purpose of the church, to continue to exist, right? That’s why we come every week, right?
No, no, no, no, no
The church as an institution is not an existential reality that continues into the future forever and ever and ever. It is not our responsibility to ensure that it exists forever and ever and ever. God will ensure the church as an institution exists for as long as God needs the church to exist. And then it won’t.
What WILL exist forever and ever, or at until Christ returns and lets us know what is next, is the BODY OF CHRIST. That’s us. That’s us that follow Christ and join together to do the things God needs us to do in the world. That’s us that follow Christ bringing Christ’s love to life on earth, not because we get together once a week, twice during Ad