Title sounds strange, huh? Try out these others:
Where do you go to crowd?
It’s time for students.
What did you do in coworkers today?
Let’s go to family.
Go to actors.
This phrases sound strange, because you expect a place or event, but the words all refer to groups of people. But, people often use the same phrases with the term “church”:
Where do you go to church?
It’s time for church.
What did you do in church today?
Let’s go to church.
Go to church.
So, why do this phrases sound okay while the first list sounds strange? Because, while we give it lip service, we don’t actually think of “church” as referring to a group of people. We still think of “church” as referring to an event or a place or an organization.
And, this carries over when we read Scripture. We read the word “church” and think about a place or an event or a time or an organization, but not a group of people.
Yes, we say that we know that “church” refers to people, but we continue to use the word to refer to places and events and times.