There are a number of lessons to learn about why churches become museums. Who was it that forgot their purpose? Who lost sight of the mission? Who lost sight of Jesus? Did each new generation fail to make their faith genuine and personal? Were they more concerned with church buildings than building a church? Did the church building become the church? These are valuable questions and worth asking.
But I want to say a word to any of you who may be thinking about Jesus and church. Do not confuse the building with the church. Church is people. It is community. It is family. A church may meet in a building large or small. It may meet in homes. Or in a coffee shop. Or a school. You may visit a church building… but you are invited to become part of a church.
So if you want to visit a church building, I can tell you where there are amazing museums. But if you are interested in being part of a living community as the family of God, then I can help you find that also. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or join our blog discussion at www.hopeforlife.org.