Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A New Church... A New Spiritual Home?

This past weekend my husband and I went to try out one of the local churches.  I could say that because we just moved into the area we are in search of a spiritual home, but the truth of the matter is, we haven't been to church in ages.  And, really, we haven't moved that far either...

But I know I need to have a spiritual home.  I know not having one is impacting on my daily life and my relationships.  I'm grumpy, I get frustrated, I miss worshiping with my brothers and sisters in Christ.  I truly do!

I have let bad habits replace some good ones and that must come to an end.

So, we visited a new church.  It was an experience really because our expectations were not formulated shall we say.  We know what we don't want in a spiritual home.  We know what we feel we have missed in the church we have been going to on and off (more off) for the last few years and well, we were kind of pleasantly surprised for a bunch of odd reasons.

For example:
  • The church's website is English, but when we got there it was predominantly Afrikaans.  Why I found this refreshing was because it kind of forced me to concentrate more being that its not my home language and well, I liked that.
  • We are at that stage of our lives where our babies are 22 and 19 years old.  This church was FULL of toddlers, babies, and pregnant moms!  Many little hands and feet all over the makeshift stage and dancing around during worship.  I LOVED it!  I felt as though they were being given freedom to partake!
  • Its a new shoot of an existing church, in a rented office building with musicians who play because they love the Lord and its not a big professional "show".  I am feeling quite jaded about church being a big show at the moment so this resonated with me which is unusual because praise and worship is very important to me and if its off or, shall we say, not so good, then I battle to focus.  In this case I loved it straight off the bat, because I felt it was genuine of heart.
  • The pastor was not there that morning, and a lovely woman preached in his place.  I'm not sure who she is in the church, I'm not sure if she is a member of staff whose "job description" it is to preach, but she was passionate, and genuine, and wanted us, the congregation to see God in what she had to share.  I loved that.

So, all in all, a good experience for reasons I did not expect!  We will be back this coming weekend and further see if this is where God wants us to be.


My point in this whole post is that firstly we need to fellowship with our fellow believers.  We need that sharing, that sense of being part of the same family, that sense of knowing there is a safe place spiritually, nearby, where we can hear the word and be of service to others or, if we are in that space in our lives, be served.  My second point is, your spiritual home is not always what you might expect it to be.  My third point is, keep visiting and searching until you find where it is God wants you to be.  Don't give up and think Christian TV will fill the gap.  It might temporarily but not long term.  We need each other even if we don't want to admit that.

I'm excited to go back next week and not because I was well entertained.  Not because the service was pulled off professionally, not because the brethren are smartly dressed and look successful and are wonderful overcomers.  No, I'm excited because they seem real, hurting, in need of our Saviour, struggling and hopeful in Christ.  I felt at home even though I haven't as yet "met" anybody there.  

Hebrew 10 v 24-25:  And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, (25) Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.

Let us encourage and be encouraged by one another.
God bless
Tracy


With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.

#wisdom - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I feel the Lord is teaching me here to never give up searching until you find what it is He has for you.  I have been quite disappointed by church lately and felt the need to look elsewhere.  But instead I did nothing.  Having taken that step of faith (after eventually figuring out that I am being negatively affected by NOT being in church) I am excited to go back to this new church we visited.  The wisdom?  Seek God always!  Seek to do His will!  And in this I believe His will is for us to be in a spiritual home, a church where He wants us to be, and I will seek until I find where that is.  I have a suspicion though we may have found it :) 




8 comments:

  1. So good for you Tracy that you found a church to go to. Yes, there is no perfect church because there is no perfect people,;but we worship a perfect God:)

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  2. What a wonderful update Tracy. Hope you will find a "home" soon even if you do decide this isn't it.
    Blessings,

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  3. So very thankful you had such a rewarding experience Sunday! God is so faithful to lead us to the place we need to be and to give us what we need...sometimes, in pleasantly unexpected ways! May He bless and guide your every step, Tracy. :)

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  4. Yes, it takes more than one visit to "meet" people and usually that happens when you join a small group for study or prayer. The church you visited sounds like one I would enjoy. I am glad they welcomed a woman to bring the morning message. I believe you will find treasures in this body of believers so keep on the look out.

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  5. Tracy, It sounds like a vibrant church. I'm glad you are looking for a church home. I don't know what I'd do without mine...it is so much a family to me (and yes, dysfunctional at times, just like my own family). Smile.

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  6. So happy for you my friend. And this truly hit a mark with me. I ,too, am looking for a new spiritual home.
    Many blessings to you!!!
    Stacey

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  7. There were many years when I was out of church fellowship, and it reflected in my life. I liken it to those animal shows, how the predator lion likes to attack the straggler, the one separated from the herd. This is what the enemy of our souls likes to do, too. He likes to isolate us, and then attack when we're most vulnerable.

    So, praying that this church is the place to plant your feet and enter into worship with other believers!!

    GOD BLESS!

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  8. We are seeking, too. Our boys and us, we want people who know us, our names - and reach out to touch our lives in real relationship. It's hard though, taking the family to new places and faces. It would be easier if it were just us - but this is where we are. I liked your list:)

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