Sunday, July 18, 2010

thoughts on church

I'm feeling so thankful for church these days. Jackson and I were part of a wonderful church in Charlottesville, VA. It was were we first learned what biblical community looked liked and what it felt like to live in true community as a church family. We were mentored well and grew in our relationship with the Lord like never before. It was amazing and when we moved we felt sure that no church would compare to it. We spent almost an entire year searching for a church here in Virginia Beach and just couldn't find one that we connected with.

Some of it was our fault. We had to fight the thoughts of "that's not our preaching style" or "he isn't as funny as Chris" or "the music isn't what we like" and all those other critical thoughts. We had to really decide we were going to let go of all that and realize that no church was going to be just like our old church. Whew...that was hard and honestly, it took us about 9 months.

Then, we found our new church. We love it. It's awesome. It's funny because it's definitely different in some ways from our old church and at first we wrote it off as being "not us". But the Lord kept bringing us back to it and it finally dawned on us that it was exactly where He wanted us to be. It's taught us already that the Kingdom is big. Bigger than denominations and preaching styles. We found that what is most important is that the church is bible-believing and life-giving.

I'm so thankful that we've once again connected to a church that is both of those things and are getting connected in community. It makes such a difference in your walk. I'm so glad that God didn't design us to walk alone. I hope this encourages someone that being plugged in to a local church is worth the effort. Jackson and I wouldn't be who we are today if it weren't for the churches we've been in. My friend Jaime has said before, "make sure you're in church because someone there needs you and you need them." Preach it, sister!

1 comment:

Megan said...

I'm glad you all have been able to get connected to a church again! I know you've been wanting that. Thank the Lord for our church family!