What Sermon is Your Church Building Preaching?
From small to mega churches, church architecture continuously preach the gospel. What message is my church or your church preaching? Does your church look like a corner store or like basketball stadium? Does it like a funeral home or like a night club? Whatever shape or form your find your church in, Drew Fitzgerald, reminds us the most essential elements in our church’s architecture. He writes,
Its form can teach about beauty, focus your heart in reverence, and fill you with awe. Your building can point to Jesus without saying a word. We don’t need more flash or showmanship—we need more thoughtfulness. We need spaces that confront our consumerism and fly our attention heavenward on the wings of the gospel…We need places of rest, reflection, and repentance, places that focus our attention toward the beauty of Christ’s death and resurrection. Your church’s heart can be seen in what it builds, both in believers and in buildings.
Next time you attend church, look around and ask, what message is my church building preaching?
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Am I a Christian?
So where does that leave people like me? Am I a Christian? A Jesus follower? A secular Christian? Can I be a Christian while doubting the Resurrection?
I wouldn’t draw any conclusion about an individual without talking to him or her at length. But, in general, if you don’t accept the Resurrection or other foundational beliefs as defined by the Apostles’ Creed, I’d say you are on the outside of the boundary.
What about someone like me whose faith is in the Sermon on the Mount, who aspires to follow Jesus’ teachings, but is skeptical that he was born of a virgin, walked on water, multiplied loaves and fishes or had a physical resurrection? Am I a Christian, President Carter?
I do not judge whether someone else is a Christian. Jesus said, “Judge not, …” I try to apply the teachings of Jesus in my own life, often without success.