DIG for Tuesday the 12th of February…..your church is not the building; it is your brothers and sisters…..Philemon v 2

When Paul wrote this epistle he wrote it to a number of people and to a church; a church that met in a house.

This is a concept alien to many people today.

If you say church most will think if a large stone building where people meet for worship and services. This is not the original meaning of the word church.

“Church” comes from the Greek word ekklesia meaning a called out people or an assembly.

The original meaning of church has nothing to do with a building.

In this epistle we see a church meeting in a house; a body of believers (called out ones) meeting for fellowship in someone’s home.

You can have church anywhere and at any time; it does not have to be in a set building on a Sunday morning. You can have church in a theatre, a cinema, a home, a cave, on the beach; indeed anywhere.

Now I am not saying do not go to “church” on a Sunday morning; I love worship and fellowship with my brothers and sisters in our “church” on a Sunday.

I am saying however that church should be more about the people than the building.

The important “thing” about church is the people.

Enjoy your fellowship where ever and when ever you “do church”.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the love and encouragement from my fellow believers”.

Philemon v 2…..And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house