Well, this morning my husband has to work. This means I alone get the kids ready for church. My 6 year old, after we were about to get shoes on and go out the door, is telling me she’s ill and has taken out “the big bowl.” So now, all my fancy dressed children are stuck at home with me. We’re officially missing church. However, I am sad. In the early stages of switching churches, we might miss for illness, or even sleep in by accident and force ourselves to go. We were still raw from our break with the former church, and church itself was a chore no matter how great the church.
We still do not feel relationally “plugged in” as most church lingo calls it these days. We see people, they’re friendly, they pray. The people we knew before we came to this church are connected and we can get in depth with them easily in converstation, but we’re not “in” yet. Despite this, there’s enough there that missing is sad to me. I really enjoy the messages/study from scripture. The pastors really teach even more than preach in my opinion. The people are friendly and though we’re not settled in, I know it will happen. They serve and have offered though we’ve not taken them up on it yet. It will take time, but they are surely going to become family.
So today marks an interesting moment, it’s not the social aspect drawing me…but it’s the fact that this church focuses on revealing Christ through the bible. Every time someone stands to add membership, they say the same thing with different words. They say this church teaches from the bible. Most of the time they say they had been to other churches, but THIS church is different in that the pastors teach with an expository style, they do not get wrapped up in the popular but in the scriptural. The second thing always expressed is the kindness of the people. This is evident. If my husband and I stand in membership, we’ll likely express the same thing.