Somewhere along the line of humanity, the church view has become skewed. A definition found online is the church is a building used for public Christian worship. I will agree with this definition, but it is a shallow definition.
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:18
The Book of Acts tells of the founding of the Christian church and the spread of its message to the Roman Empire. From Acts 2, where we read about the fellowship of believers in verses 42-47 to Acts 16:4-5, As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.
Christ is the Founder of the church, and he is the Foundation. The church consists of God's people. It is the assembly of believers in Jesus Christ. The physical buildings facilitate the fellowship, worship, and ministry of God's people, but it is not the church.
It is a privilege to come into the fellowship of Christ's church. Through the acceptance of Jesus Christ, we become members of our Savior's church, where one will have eternal life in heaven when his life here on earth is over.
The world sees the Church as a house of hypocrites. I'm here to remind us that the Church is a hospital for sick souls.
“Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.”
We are all soul-sick from sin. Within the body of believers who gather in a physical church building, I will assure you that we will find fault when that's where our focus is, on the sin of another. What the Church wants is for us to fix our eyes on what we can change within ourselves that allows us to share our personal ministry song with non-believers so that they might know Jesus and his mighty power, too. Jesus wants us to care, be helpers, through prayer and service to our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well. We must do spiritual self-care in order to be healthy enough to assist in this blessed ministry.
We can blame and create excuses as to why or why not, but bottom line...the cornerstone of our foundation, we need the Church to find healing. God mends. God does surgery. God talks us through things. God fills. God forgives. God patches. God stitches. God casts the broken. God provides oxygen. God does it all. He is the author of the spiritual healing book, the Bible. We must be active participants, advocates for our own spiritual wellness. Our Triune God is all we need for a healthy soul. We must make and keep the appointments.
"The church is a hospital for sinners, not a house of saints."