I go to church. I enjoy church. I enjoy the unity and fellowship that it brings.
But church for me is not just 11am on a Sunday morning. It is the people that I share my life with.
Church is not a building. It is a group of people.
Matthew 18: 20. “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am with them”
Hebrews 10: 25. “…. not giving up meeting together ….. but encourage one another”
If church is simply a group of people, I go to church on a Thursday night with friends when I go rock climbing.
I go to church when I take groups of men out around a campfire and discuss life and share time together.
I go to church when I’m running up a hill in the dark with some of my equally bonkers mates.
I go to church when I’m sharing a drink in a coffee house.
I go to church when I share prayers and thoughts with friends via text message.
Church is people and the power that friendship brings.
Acts 2: 42. “They devoted themselves ….. to fellowship ….. and to prayer”
Fellowship, friendship and brotherhood are values that are screaming out of each one of us. Men are designed to live and experience life with friends in deep fellowship.
I see this all around me. In the gym, at the climbing centre, on the hills, in the city centre. Men growing and building and challenging and encouraging each other. Men are desperate for this.
1 Corinthians 12: 27. “Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it”
To conquer this generation and to change the way Christianity is seen in this country, we need to go small.
Split into smaller groups; get smaller so we may talk bigger.
Divide into interest groups so that the bonds of friendship are made.
Men have been pushed into solitude and isolation over the past generations and it is killing the masculine soul.
Men are designed for fellowship.
Stay in church. Grow friendships.