When we were riding in the car this morning to church we were discussing an upcoming church plant. There seems to be some bitterness and rumors that have started as a result of the church plant, even though very little has been said about it and absolutely no encouraging others who are members of other churches to join with us. This is the thought that hit me while we were talking about it:
We could go to any country in the world or even any state in the US to plant a church. Then we would be supported by the church we are leaving and maybe even supported financially in the process. However, the moment we plant a church across town or even in an adjacent town we are subject to ridicule and derision, even if the churches are not exact duplicates of each other.
Why is that?
Is this just an idiosyncrasy of SBC churches or does this happen in other denominations?
If the church is the full body of believers what difference does it make which building and congregation an individual worships and fellowships with? (Assuming that they are valid Bible believing churches.)
Believers do don’t belong to a specific “church” in a spiritual sense, the individual church is just to allow a group of local believers to grow, learn, worship and be guided by others together.