Maybe you’ve noticed some strange announcements about our upcoming Men’s Meeting. Yes, we are going to gather in Woodinville, and yes, we are going to talk about one day having a building, one day, in a city we would call home and a hub of ministry. When churches begin to talk about building and buildings lots of questions arise – and often because a foundational and biblical understanding of buildings has been lost.
Think of a building as a deacon. Its job is to serve the church in her mission. And that would be our goal: to acquire a permanent space where we could be better equipped to do all god has called this particular local body to do. A building as a deacon would –
Be a place to worship. And this is our first and most important reason to have a building. We are called to gather and worship God corporately each Lord’s Day. A building should exist, and exist in such a way, to promote congregational worship, the preaching of His Word, and the administration of His sacraments – in a public and in a beautiful way – architecturally, acoustically, and aesthetically.
Be a place to feast and fellowship. Part of being the church is simply being together. With our distinctives of having a sunny Calvinism and an optimistic eschatology that believes the promises of God to a thousand generations, we are a celebratory people who need a place to help cultivate many aspects of those distinctives.
Be a place to love one another. A central physical location provides an opportunity to minister together in many of the areas we sense our distinctive callings as well – including all kinds of biblical education, practical theology and counsel, glorious music, excellent musicians, and much more.
Be a place that speaks to and mobilizes for the community around us. A physical building speaks. It testifies to the material and earthy presence of the Lord’s people in this world. It is part of shaping the definition of that city or community. A building does so with its location and with its architecture. It also does so as it becomes a beachhead from which to go out and a refuge with which to welcome in. The stones should cry out with us, “God is good, God is merciful, God calls you to come.”