I was reading a discussion online this evening that troubled me somewhat. But, as I considered the discussion I realized there was much to the argument that church is for believers. in fact a strong case is made that we should not bring unbelievers to church. Wow, even as I type this I feel my knee jerking.
Consider; do we bring people to church to have the preacher take care of business? Do we hope that something rubs off? Or, does church equip us to share Christ with a world that so needs Him? Are we having an impact on those around us and taking joy in observing the Holy Spirit work in their hearts and rejoicing when a life is changed for eternity?
Well, when in doubt read the instructions:
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (43) Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. (44) All the believers were together and had everything in common. (45) Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. (46) Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, (47) praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Here the early church was being equiped via the apostles’ teaching, edified by the fellowship and encouraged by the miraculous signs and wonders. Notice that they were also accesible to the public as they met in the temple courts and enjoyed the favor of all people. The result is that the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.