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Church for the Dechurched

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Dechurched

Are you a dechurched Christian? I am. Survey’s show that there are millions of us American adults who once were active in a church, but attend no more. We are called the “dechurched.”

Yet there is a church for us. Though I don’t attend church on Sundays, every day can be a church day. Every day can be a day with God.

Jesus founded the church and then passed it onto the apostles. The apostle Paul defined the new church as follows: referring to Jesus, Paul declared, “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:22-23, emphasis added)

The church is the collection of believers in which the Holy Spirit of Jesus lives… the body of Jesus Christ. As Paul also said, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? … for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

Church is not a building or manmade organization. Intimate and quiet time with the Spirit of God within you is what real church is about. As long as we look to the Spirit within us, we are not “dechurched.” We ARE the church.

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Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

10 thoughts on “Church for the Dechurched

  1. I think a huge problem is the nature of the modern worship service, especially for men. what man do you know who would voluntarily go to a lecture hall and likely receive criticism of how he’s living life. Men like 2-way conversations. that’s why they go to bars to talk, or drive, or do…something. I really love the Church, and I mean ALL of it!
    I work in a factory composed of some pretty tough union guys! Guess what? Those hard-ass mothers have something to say, but no one LISTENS to them.
    We need each other. We need a place to meet face-to-face. But, like you, I just trust that the “Temple” Jesus talked about is in me, therefore, portable! All the best!

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  2. Amen!

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  3. Reblogged this on Ink Pastries and commented:
    Great blog, C.J. Penn!

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  4. We have grown up being taught that the church is a building we meet in every week. We have been taught a lot of things through this church that I’m finding just isn’t the way God meant it to be. Thank you for writing an article that is clear and true as to what the Church really is…..people filled with the Spirit of God.

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  5. In actuality, “going to church” is impossible, because like you said, we ARE the church. Church goes where we go! We may meet together (though I hate that it’s imposed on us in such a structured, regimented, non-organic way), but we can’t “go” to something we are! If that’s true, then I expect the phrase “go to church” will eventually die out, as Truth increases. It happens slowly, but it’s happening nonetheless.

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  6. Jesus did not found “church”. “Church” is of pagan origin and is physical in nature, man made, a place, a building made for religious activities.
    The Body of Christ is described as the “ekklesia” in scripture. “Ekklesia” is spiritual in nature, and means assembly of called ones. It’s an expression of God’s Kingdom.
    I reject the idea that “We ARE the church.”
    I am part of The Body of Christ, the ekklesia of God, the ones God will call out to assemble in His Kingdom.

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  7. P.S.
    “Assembly for the Dechurched” has a nice ring to it. ;-)

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