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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by righteousdude2, Feb 13, 2014.
I wondered how many of you really LIKE the church you attend? And if you don't why do you stay?
I'm very confused by what I see out there Paul to be honest. Gathering places more than anything without any masculine energy. If they were true, would they not take the great commission more seriously. I don't know...I don't see it. No excitement for that kinda stuff....just routine and I hate routine.
W absolutely love our church. It provides a wonderful platform for my wife and I to serve, the pastor is fantastic, our Sunday school teacher is exceptional, and the friendships we have developed through the church are very fulfilling. We couldn't ask for a better church.
Do they teach Lordship salvation? :thumbsup::laugh:
BtW what do ya do for the great commission?
Uh ... no. :laugh:
Besides supporting 22 missionaries we've sent out, we obviously support both the IMB and NAMB through the SBC, and we do local outreach through the county juvenile detention center, crisis pregnancy centers, homeless shelters, community food drives, and a lot of other opportunities as well. Many of us take short-term missions trips. We budget for those, but this year, we're already out of money just past midway through the year, which is a good thing, because it means a lot of people have taken their responsibility for missions seriously. My wife and I are going to a church about 85 miles northeast of Saskatoon, SK, Canada, in June to spend a week there, not only helping members of the church who are struggling with addiction and adultery, but to reach out into the community as well. Like everyone else who wants to take a missions trip for the balance of the budget year, we're going to have to raise our own funds, and pay for some of it ourselves, but fortunately we're able to do that without much difficulty. The pastor there acts as kind of a community counselor. A lot of people who don't know Jesus come to him. He hopes we can help them a bit better with those problems because he's not as familiar, other than by personal contact with the ones who are hurting.
As most here know, I'm an addictions and marriage and family counselor. I had to confess to my wife, when were still dating, the exact nature of my past, and the wrongs that I had committed, including acts the took me to prison. She dealt with adultery in her life from two other husbands, so her level of forgiveness to me and her gratitude for my openness with her not only is why we are now married, but it is also why she is so qualified to talk to the women about what they must do biblically when their husbands enter into these sins.
good for you and good for the community then.
I love our church but it's not perfect by any means. I get frustrated and I find great joy and community. I think it is that way in any church just as it is in any family. But I'm blessed to have a wonderful, supportive community who seeks to serve the Lord with all their hearts. At our little campus, we're beginning to see growth and lives changed SO much because of the Gospel being preached and received.
I also think the pastor is kind of wonderful.
Wow....and I heard he was an insensitive jerk. :laugh:
whoa woah Anne.....I was just joking:tonofbricks:
I love my church and the knowledge that we're going to be moving and leaving our church and our church family is very difficult.
Yes, you are so right. This is what is so hypocritical or maybe one would call it a paradox. Men have abandoned their families, and even some that stay refuse to take part in family worship. No idea why, maybe it is not macho. Then, we as church members complain because a woman took this or that office, and according to sacred Baptist tradition, it is a no no. These same people never show up for visitation to encourage the men to come back. So why do women take these offices most of the time? Because there are not men there to fill them.
It is very difficult to leave a church you love. If they love you, they will recognize your service at the local church in some fashion, because in a sense, they are losing a person that contributes a lot to the Lord and the local church ministry. They might even have a mourner's bench set up the last Sunday you are there.
Interesting......in my Old Baptist Group, everything MUST be done as a family unit.....otherwise it is pretty useless. Masculinity is being the leader of the family....it also imposes allot of responsibility. God love them, women can be strong & I have great admiration for them.....but they are also wired differently. In order to have a balance....a yin & yan if you will, you need both for family....when one or the other is missing, I believe it is no longer a healthy environment.....the balance is way off kilter....again, not healthy.
I just viewed a movie this weekend actually that I believe explored this masculine/feminine interplay.....called "A Good Year" with Russell Crowe.....here is the trailer. I enjoyed it.
Thank you for the link. The bottom line is, in a family unit, both a man and a woman, and the way they are wired, are required for a healthy unit, both at home and at church.
I don't love the building, but love the people there!
I think the word LIKE was used... not the word LOVE.
"You see Sam, when you love a woman without likin’ her the night can be long and cold and contempt comes up with the sun, and…Do you understand all this I’m tellin’ ya?"
Yea, I understand Boggie, play it again Sam
One reason I like my church a lot is that the folks love each other, and show it. And they love me, anyway.
Oh, and the church is sound biblically.
Love my new church because the word is first and foremost. Been here about a year since I first visited. Been a member about 3 months. This is my second church. I was at the first one for 18 years.