""I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together. All who follow Jesus all around the world, yes we're the church together. The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple; the church is not a resting place; the church is a people." If you're like me, you have heard or sung this hymn many times, but have you ever really thought about what it represents? In a previous devotional, I wrote about the differences between "BIG C" Church and "little c" church. The differences in the two are not my opinion or something that I came up with on my own; the differences are scriptural truth. In a time where church that takes place within walls (or in a field) is different than what it once was, we are still the church.
Some of Paul's most powerful writing about the church is found in Ephesians 5:22-25. It says, "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." While this scripture is often taken out of context, Paul makes it clear what he means in Verse 32, "This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church." Christ ("Big C" Church) and His relationship with us ("little c" church), is what a marriage should represent, because we are the church.
And if you still aren't convinced that we are the church, look no further than Matthew 18:20 where Jesus says, "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Whether by song, a marriage, or a small gathering among friends, we are the church. The most important mission of the church is to tell others about Jesus and EVERYONE is held responsible. "I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together."