Jesus says that whenever a few people get together in his name, he will be there. Isn’t this what church is? Jesus shows up when we collectively meet and treat him as the main attraction; this is church at its most basic and purest level.
Though we typically think of this as involving hundreds of people, Jesus says it only takes a few. And he says nothing about it being at 10 a.m. on a Sunday or requiring music and a message – just people.
So can church occur with a friend at a coffee shop? I say yes!
How about in a park, at a museum, or on a nature walk? Yes!
Can church happen during dinner at a friend’s house? Yes!
How about watching TV, playing a game, or just hanging out? Yes, yes, and yes!
Does any gathering that fosters community, constitute a church? As long as Jesus is the intention, the answer is yes.
Two or three gathered in his name. That’s what we did last Sunday at a friend’s house; it was church; and it was better than most any Sunday service.
Church can occur anytime a handful of people get together. All we need to do is make Jesus the focus. And shouldn’t we be doing that anyway?