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Will you come to church with me?

Posted on: 2014/07/22

The reality is that, for most people, that’s not a very exciting invitation.  (I struggled a little with what adjective to put in front of invitation).

The reason, in my view, is the connotation surrounding “church.”  Many theological people are typically quick to point out that the “church” is truly made up of Christians.  And I acknowledge that fact.

However, also true is that the word, church, comes from the German word, kirche, which refers to the cathedral, not the people.  And in everyday usage, church more often refers to the building or facility, than to the people who gather there.  It also often refers to the organization more often than to a generic gathering of people.

So, when you say, “come to church with me”, what does your audience really hear?

It seems to me most likely they are hearing you invite them to an organizational meeting, which you hope they will join.

Perhaps we would be better off, if we invited people to “come worship with me.”

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2 Responses to "Will you come to church with me?"

Amen. The church is not the physical building but its the people of God coming together to worship our Creator God. Thanks for the insight.

In the 21st Century, “church” is no longer a noun but a verb. We, as Christians, need to skate to that puck.

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