Church Is Messy, And It Should Be

Posted: September 22, 2014 in Ecclesiology, Uncategorized
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“If God is in the business of saving sinners, we need to expect that church will be full of sinners—those who are still wandering and those who have only just been found. If our churches reflect God’s heart for the lost, they will be full of people with problems, full of people showing the consequences of a lifetime of wandering. And this means that church may not be a safe and easy place. It may not be a place full of people who have it all together. It may be messy. It should be messy. Thank God if it is messy.”
– Tim Challies, via

This is always good to remember, when it gets hard to remember exactly why you’re going to that church you go to.

  1. C.J. Penn says:

    VERY good point. Maybe that’s why I don’t attend the church I used to go to. Most of the people seemed to have it all together. It made my messy self feel like an outsider at times.

    • Eric Adams says:

      We tend to sanitize our own issues. It’s not just Christians who do that. Just look at any Facebook page (including mine). We all put our our best foot forward. We don’t like to show our messes. Church should be the place we can be honest and say we are messed up sinners, but that rarely happens.

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