Church vs. Congregation
As you probably know by now, if you read this blog on a regular basis, I’ve in church for a while. Practically all my life. I have few memories where church doesn’t play a part in my life.
I’ve spent less time being part of the Church, though. I came to know Christ and become part of His Bride when I was about 25, just before I became a father.
When you hear about a church, say for instance in news stories, you will often hear about the church’s congregation. This is, of course, referring to the people who attend the church, those who make up the regular attenders of the church.
The problem is that the news, and others, have it all wrong. The church may have a congregation, but the congregation is not necessarily the church.
As I mentioned above, I am part of the Church. A congregation is bound, perhaps, by many things. Family. Relationships. Community.
These things may help bind the Church, but they aren’t the primary means by which the Church is bound to each other. There is only one thing that truly binds the Church, when all the others may fail. One person.
What is the difference between the Church and the congregation? We who follow Christ are both. The Church and the congregation.
If we just go to church without the benefit of Christ in our lives? We’re just part of the congregation.
The Church stands out among the congregation of every church. When it comes to Church versus congregation, I’ll take the Church.