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Value in the Church

I was talking with a woman the other day, and I mentioned that we had just finished a new church building. I suggested that she’d like it because it’s a beautiful and comfortable place. Her response surprised me, although it shouldn’t have: “Oh, I come to be with the people…the building is just there.”

So, here I am writing this today and reflecting on my value system. Do we really put more store in the building than the people? I know that if you held by feet to the fire, so to speak, I’d say, “Oh yeah…it’s the people. That’s where the value is.” Yet, from what I read, most “unchurched” people identify the church with a building, not a congregation.

We had a 20 year experience while renting meeting space with this identity crisis. When we met in the Adventist building, they thought we were Adventists. When we met at the AICM chapel, they thought we were part of the mission.

What does the Bible say? It says that the church is the “assembly of God” (Matt. 16:18; Ephes.1:22). We are the “called out” ones who make up Christ’s body. Our identity is in Him, and as such, we have a commonness that transcends any meeting space.

When we invite someone to our church, we need to remember that we are inviting them to meet with a body of people. This is where it sometimes gets difficult. We can live with a building, but it’s hard to live with people you don’t like. And there is the rub.  Christians are supposed to like everybody, right?

Well, in any church USA, you’ll find those that you like and those that you don’t like. But, part of our spiritual responsibility  is to learn to love one another (John 13.34). Building, or no building, the church remains the same: people in Christ.

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About New Hope Christian Fellowship

New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)


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