Are We Commissioned to Build Buildings?

eyeseeyouI received another note today (on an unnamed social medium) about another building expansion being completed.  It celebrated funds raised to add more brick and mortar to an existing building.  Oh Hurrah!

We act sometimes like the Great Commission said, “Go into all the world and build buildings to worship in.”  What He really said was to make disciples.  Furthermore, even though Jesus had nothing to say about “worship services,” we can worship anywhere…in a park, under a tree, in a rented hall, in a house…anywhere.

I can’t, for the life of me, see the connection between building or expanding buildings and seeking and saving the lost.  May God forgive us for putting untold billions into buildings constructed in the middle of neighborhoods we have no plans for reaching with the saving gospel.

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2 responses to “Are We Commissioned to Build Buildings?

  1. Jack Outhier

    Dwight, you wrote: “I can’t, for the life of me, see the connection between building or expanding buildings and seeking and saving the lost.”

    I would go further, I can’t find any reference in the New Testament to what we do in those buildings being defined as ‘worship’ or ‘worship’ being anything relegated to one hour out of our lives in a building.

  2. dwhitsett

    Jack, I absolutely agree with you. How did we get so far off base as a people who sought to restore the simplicity and purity of Christ? It is significant that our church spats and splits all seem to center around what takes place in assemblies. How sad it must make the Master!

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