I am not overly-fond of mega-churches, to put it mildly. So many churches have taken the American entertainment lifestyle and built their churches with it. Worship services are major Broadway style productions. (I wonder just who are they worshipping?) You can get your Starbucks, sit down and see the show. Or you can PLAY. You can drop your kids off for hours! I know this for a fact, because I got to tour a wanna-be megachurch.
So here in Blogland, I have read about several who dislike this and have taken to home churches. Others have a no-social-anything church. I had a dear friend, an older sister in Christ, tell me that having a fellowship hall was the first step towards degradation in the Church. They don’t have fellowship hall, and they won’t eat anything in the Church.
Here’s my two cents. Being missionaries, we are big on evangelism. We love to have new people. When they are saved, they are so happy! And then they go home and realize that now they are alone. They are different from their families and friends. They need new friends, new activities. People to be with that don’t cuss and watch pornography. They need to be around people who read the Bible, just because they want to ! Christians need Christian fellowship.
Here in our little Church in Chile, we are in the process of building a new building. Phase One is the Fellowship hall/mini gym and Sundays School building. We have kids Bible club here. The teens play soccer and basketball, after the Bible studies. There is fun fellowship with other believers that I can only say good things about. Now, Church meetings are the same, same teaching and preaching of the Word. Same music. But during the week, the kids can come and play. This is a good thing.
Some of our friends whom we deeply respect feel that doing what we do is disrespectful to the Temple of God. But its not the Temple. We are the Temple. My body is the Temple!
When you “put off”worldy friendships and activities, you must “put on” godly friends and wholesome activities. If you don’t, there will be an empty space in your life, and you will fill it with who-knows-what.
Hurrah for the Fellowship Hall!