Does God Go To Church?

Does God attend church?  If so, is He a passive spectator or an active participant?

You can plainly see what people do in church — sing, take an offering, preach a sermon; but what does God do in church? God’s working in church is invisible and takes place inside human hearts, so we are often unaware of what God is doing.

Participatory church brings what God is doing in the meeting to the light, as ordinary people show and tell what is going on in their heart. People’s heart-felt testimonies show God’s powerful, invisible actions, bringing a sense of awe to everyone present.

When Christ-followers meet together, we are in the presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ (See Matthew 18:20). Therefore, if we are truly aware of Jesus being in the room with us, and we let Him control the meting, church will be:  A) Dull, numbing, pacifying, boring; or B) Electrifying, thrilling, heart-stirring, empowering?

Yes, God wants to attend church, but we must also want Him there and make Him welcome in the person of the Holy Spirit.  Here”s a quotation:  “One of the greatest needs in the church today, is to teach and show people how to be Spirit led. Even many pastors need to learn how to be Spirit led and be delivered from the fear of losing control. They need to trust the Holy Spirit’s leading and presence in the church meetings.” –David Walters

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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2 Responses to Does God Go To Church?

  1. Charles Wood says:

    No God does not “go to church!” No one can go to something they are. The people are the church.
    God intended for the people to be the Body. I wait for the time we are what God created us to be.
    More teaching could be done on the all important Spirit dwelling in the Christian.

    • Steve Simms says:

      In Mt. 18:20, Jesus said that He would be present wherever 2 or 3 gather in His name. Since church is usually done in Jesus’ name, He is there, as He promised. However, we may not even notice His presence and we may act like He’s not in the room, and we may “quench the Spirit” (His presence).

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