Church: the holy huddle


Image by Roger Price

Football season is here!

Lots of huddling going on.

But Sundays aren’t just for football huddles; holy huddles are also taking place among churches around the world.

I’ve often heard the term “holy huddle” applied to the church as an insult by enlightened, progressive Christians. They seem to think that evangelism is God’s highest priority (it is not) and that gathering together as believers is a waste of time (it is not).

We all know that the church is not the building, but the people. And not just any people. It is an exclusive gathering of Christians.

Christians are expected to assemble together for worship, prayer, and instruction for the purpose of edification. This is not optional. This is one of God’s highest priorities for us.

So the notion of a holy huddle is one of the most biblical images for the church imaginable.

The problems begin when we do not break the huddle and re-enter the game.

The bigger problem emerging today is with churches who have abandoned the huddle altogether. The Sunday morning evangelistic tent meeting conducted by misguided seeker driven churches has replaced their holy huddle. And they’ve attempted to redefine the word church by still calling these assemblies by that name.

Ideally, Christians assemble on Sunday in a Christ-centered, God-honoring community. They worship God, they fellowship, and they are edified.

And when they leave the assembly, they go as ambassadors for Christ to have an impact in their neighborhood, their workplace, and their community.

That’s God’s blueprint for the church. If you will, that’s His game plan…


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