What is church to you?
Is it a building?
Is it a group of people?
Is it a place where you can lift your hands in praise and worship to God?
Is it a place that makes you feel like an outcast?
Is it a place where you find fellowship with other people who share your same beliefs?
Is it a place where you feel judged for who you are?
Is it a place where you feel welcomed?
I think we can all agree that we have defined church on our own terms based on our experiences.
Unfortunately, if we have had bad experiences in church, then most likely we see the church in a bad light. If that's the case, going to church may not seem appealing.
However, if you've had good experiences in church, then it is safe to say, you are probably willing to go to church, if you aren't already.
For those of you who see church as a judgmental place where you feel as small as grasshopper, let me just say, I've felt that way, too.
Instead of getting angry with the church, vow to never go back, and turn away from your faith, remember that no one is perfect...even church people.
A church building doesn't consist of people who never sin, but is simply made up of imperfect, believers who want to follow Christ with the accountability from others.
No one should be turned away from the church for any reason.
The church should be a welcoming place where people can come together to encourage, motivate, and learn from each other.
It should be a safe place where flaws are welcomed, gifts are used, relationships are made, and all glory is given to God.
Maybe you feel out of place at your church or maybe you've given up on church...perhaps you can try again by keeping in mind, that even church leaders can mess up. Maybe you can visit a new church. Either way, don't give up on faith because of imperfect people.
God hasn't given up on you so don't give up on Him. He wants you to grow in His grace. Finding a church where you feel welcomed, encouraged to use your gifts, and challenged to grow deeper in God's word is an important part of strengthening your journey with Christ so that you will be used by Him for His glory.
Bible Reading Plan
Today: Judges 19-21
Wednesday: 1 Samuel 1-3
Thursday: 1 Samuel 4-8
Friday: 1 Samuel 9-12
Saturday: 1 Samuel 13-14
Don't forget to pray for the unreached people group of the day!