If you have known me for any length of time you may already know this but I didn’t grow up going to a church. It was never part of my life and so it isn’t habitual for me to get up and go to a building which may be one reason that the change is easier for me but as to why I was attracted to it in the first place I had to think about that for a while and I think I have come up with some reasons.
When I first became a Christian it wasn’t through a church like many people did, I was at a campus life event and God saved me using just one man, who was also not involved in a church. I began my discipleship by driving to his home and spending time with his family and learning from his life.
Even looking back at the “Bricks” that have built my life most of them are from outside of a church context. Even Dave Diyanni who was my pastor for years taught me the best lessons outside of the pulpit.
When I was young in the faith God brought two close friends into my life that helped me to grow, we sharpened one another as brothers are supposed to and I believe we all benefited from it as a result, although we all went to different churches. I would rather have a handful of true family in the Lord than five hundred people that really aren’t close to me. The Bible gives us many things that we are to do to and with “one another” and it is very difficult to do that in a group larger than twelve or so. Sure it is easier to hide out in a small group. It is easier to go to a mega church and feel like you are doing the “right” thing without developing your relationship with your brothers and sisters or even with God. But in a small group it is much more difficult to hide or to remain the same.
Historically it can be argued that the first century churches were house churches and we didn’t have large building until 400 years after Christ when
We are the church for anybody but no the church for everybody.