CHURCH FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: BIBLICAL REQUIREMENTS, REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS, AND PRACTICAL TIPS
Since both Sandy and Elisabeth have found themselves in a place where they had to change churches recently this week they sit down and discuss what exactly the Bible tells us to look for in a church, what they look for in a church and what to do when you just can’t go to church.
HEBREWS [10:25] Do not forsake the assembly as some are doing, but you should encourage each other, and even more so as you see the day of the Lord, when Christ will return.
CHURCH SHOULD PREACH THE TRUTH OF THE WORD OF GOD
EZEKIEL 34:7 So you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord God says.
If your preacher does not talk about Jesus it is not where you need to be. The Bible doesn’t rhyme and all the main points don’t start with the same letter so let’s go a little deeper than that folks.
IT’S OKAY TO LIKE YOUR PASTOR
People flocked to Jesus. He was likable. He was loving. He spoke in a way the people could understand. You have to get something from the message for it to impact your mission and if you can’t focus on what the pastor is saying then find someone you connect with better.
CHURCH SHOULD SUPPORT YOU TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN
PROVERBS 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
You train the child. Not the other way around. The church should be there to support you raising your children to walk in faith. They aren’t there to do that for you and they shouldn’t try.
TRUST YOUR GUT
This should go without saying but we’re saying it. Churches are full of strangers. Stay alert and keep your family safe.
JESUS MAKES HOUSE CALLS
MATTHEW [8:15] Jesus touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she stood up and began to serve Jesus.
If you are in a place in life where the burden of church festivities is too much to bear, invite Jesus to come to you. He does not need a special building to speak to a broken heart, to heal the sick and comfort the hurting. Take the time to let Jesus touch your heart and then you will be ready to get up and begin to serve.
We are all created uniquely and will have different needs from our church leadership. Don’t settle for anything less than what you need because it’s difficult to go somewhere new. Church is not a checkbox it is a refueling station. Find the place that you can connect to and that will help you fill your cup to overflowing so that you can pour into those around you.
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