Why Church?—Understanding the Importance of Body-Building

There was a time when Church made sense. It was a thing you did on Sunday, and the sermons, the music, everything about it was a part of the common social fabric. Like me, many of you can remember this time. I recall as a child in early elementary school knowing where every kid in the class went to church, as all but about two of them did such a thing every week.

But now, for many people, Church seems … weird. Attendance and involvement is at an all-time low in American history.

In many ways, the language and customs within the walls of the Church look a lot different than the world outside it. Even if you grew up in a “religious” home, many of the original meanings seem to have been long forgotten. Just in my short lifetime, so much has changed. I went to college 40 years ago and trained for a specific type of church music career. Within a decade, it had all changed into something very different.

So why do we do Church the way we do? For that matter, why do we do Church at all?

Our sub-title is: Understanding the importance of body building. Most of us are not sold out to physical body building, but we do need the discipline of regular exercise and activity to be healthy. And there is much truth in that concept spiritually speaking as well.

Christianity says that “Church” isn’t a program you attend; it’s a community you embody. Following Jesus means being a part of a larger network of believers who gather to celebrate this new society through the worship of God. What if we thought of Church like that? What if we were just crazy enough to do Church the way the Bible says?

For the next eight Sundays, we’re going to spend some time asking some simple, basic questions about what Church is all about. Whether you’ve been in Church for a while, or if Church has only become a recent commitment, we ask you to clear your mind of what you think you know about Church, and join us as we explore what it means to build this strange thing called “the body of Christ.”

I lead off this week with the question of why we gather … so you don’t want to mess up on week one and not gather with us!

And we will be writing on these themes on Monday to Friday following the Sunday topic. So come along with us!

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed 3-4 hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and am the editor of a Baltimore/Maryland sports blog called "The Baltimore Wire." My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with a Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

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