Having trouble going to church or feeling like you would fit in at church? Here are three tips to help you get your foot in the door and find a place to call home.
A little over a year ago, my husband and I decided to move our family to a new church. For the health and spiritual growth of our family, we felt this was necessary.
Let me proceed with caution. I believe that we have to be very careful not to become consumers in a church. We live in a very consumer-driven society (what can I get for me) and we have to be very careful not to bring that attitude into the church.
How do I get my monies worth, so-to-say can lead a church into destruction fast.
There are three things that I am going to share, that I believe, will help you settle into new surroundings. If you choose to go to a new church or if you are just beginning to go to church these tips will help you get to know the heart of the church. As always, make sure that the church is adhering to the Word of God.
When you walk into a church or a new church, remember, it is full of human beings. Humans, by nature, are sinners. This is not always an easy transition. But with a willing heart and the help of the Lord, He will guide you.
- When going to a new church, find a way to get involved in a community. Sometimes, that can be difficult and scary. Give those fears and worries to Christ and ask for His leading. Stick with it. Find a group that you can get into the Word together with, share life with, and pray with. There is nothing that builds stronger relationships than to be tied around God’s Word and Prayer.
For where two or three have gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst. Matthew 18:20
- Giving of yourself in service to the Lord is a great way to feel at home. This has a two-fold benefit or blessing. You get to know more people and you get to give of yourself for someone else’s purposes. Christ was an amazing example of servitude.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
- Finally, this is not only vital to the health of the church but to the body of Christ as a whole and that is to edify. To edify, if you are unfamiliar with this word, means to build each other up. This is not puffing each other up for the sake of building up personal pride, but to build each other up for God’s Glory. To edify is for the purposes of making the body of Christ stronger.
From Him, the whole body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament. And as each individual part does its work, the body grows and builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:16
Some ways that we can do that is to study together, pray together, praise together, be there for one another and offer the same graces, mercies, and forgiveness that you, too, have been given.
I hope, that if you are struggling to find a church to call home, you will consider these three tips for making the experience of church life better. I hope you will remember, as believers, we are all part of the Body of Christ. The responsibility, with the guidance of Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit, is to make it strong. We are all in this together, friends, and I am glad that you have all joined me today for the encouragement of each other here.
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