Recently I’ve heard a variety of people tell me what the “backbone” of the church is. Let’s see… the Sunday School is the backbone, the Wednesday prayer meeting is the backbone, fellowship (usually meaning, planned social events) is the backbone, the senior adult group is the backbone, and so on and so forth. Well usually when someone wants to tell me what the “backbone of the church” is they really only mean that I should emphasize something or some group more because it is important to them.
So what is the “backbone of the church”? Well the Scriptures of course! God’s Word has always made God’s people. Ephesians 2:19-20 says, “…You are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone.” Neither a particular program nor a particular group of people are the backbone.
God’s Word is what our church is built on- as it was given to us by apostles and prophets inspired by the Holy Spirit. Sunday School can be a great program to teach the Word, prayer meeting is a wonderful gift from God to respond to the Word, fellowship is how we live out the Word among other believers, and the senior adults are to be excellent examples of putting the Word into practice (see Titus 2), but we need to remember that the Word itself is the backbone.