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How did you come to pick the Church you attend?
God picked me for it.
I'm serious, we had never been to church becoming adults,(I was 27) and through circumstances (part of it was that God sent someone to ask about our kids going to church, and we sent them, before long we wanted to now what they were all happy about church, what could be going on there, we wnt and a month later I was saved,a month after that my husband was, in the meantime my oldest son was, and 2 years later my youngest son was saved).
God put us there in this one specific church, and I'm staying till he says otherwise.
A family friend got me & my sister's started into VBS in the Church i now attend. She would
always come & pick us up for VBS.
And after i grew up, & married & moved back to
my home area, A couple of the ladies from this
Church came & visited my home while i was at work
& my babysitter told me that we had visitor's to-
day & She told me whom they were, & they came 2
So my husbend said one day, we just mite get up
some morning & take are kids to Church...
So thats what happen in March of 1996..We got up
that morning & my husbend said let's get ready &
go to Church...
And he said something just told him everytime he
pasted this Church, that someday He would be going here...
So i believe the lord had a plain for myself
starting back from the first time i visited this
Church & He sent the 2 ladies to bring us into
His house to stay as adult's...I visited this
Church as a child & when i married & had children
of my own, now there growing up in the Church i
call home..& the funnest thing is, one of the
ladies He sent was the one that came & picked me
up as a child..So he does have a plan..
We have visited other Churches for singings & at
revival's but none have ever gave us the feeling
like are Home Church has...
I came to DC after college, not really knowing what I was going to do about church, if I was going to go, which sort I would attend, if I did attend, none of it.
I didn't know anyone around here, so didn't have an "in" anywhere that way. Having been attending Quaker meeting for so long in college, I thought it would be nice to continue in that vein, and talked to some friends about the various meetings in this area. The head of my college's board of trustees is the headmaster at Sidwell Friends School, and it seemed to sorta fit that a good FGC meeting met at the Sidwell lower school campus, so I went to a meeting, and it's a good match.
So that's where I am. I'm not yet a member, but will likely join soon.
I'm like Kate. God picked my church for me.
I was a member of a large church for five years.
I was not happy there, but my daughter-in-law said that I was not trying hard enough to be a part of the church so I kept going, but....
One Sunday morning as I was driving to the large church, I was told "Turn in here" This command was so strong that I did not hesitate. Not sure if I even put the turn signal on, I turned in to the parking lot of a small church. I went to church that Sunday and two weeks later, I joined that church and have been going there ever since.
God has a plan for our lives but we must listen.
It seems that the organist resigned the week I joined the church. But I didn't know this until about a month or so later, so I volunteered to play until they found someone. (I'm still playing)
The people of this church have helped me through some rough times, the roughest the death of my daughter.
The most important thing is that I met my husband there.
My husband has been a member of this church for 30 years so I think we will stay.
Soulwinning.... the Pastor and other members dropped by a few times. Dan didn't like the First Assembly of God church we were attending (He pointed out that the Pastor always cried, every single service, I never noticed until he pointed it out...it really bugged Dan, and the people there were a little snotty) So we shopped around. Visitted, were amazed at how young the pastor was and how funny, and how nice the people were, and how clean and well kept the place was, it was very bright, much different than churches I had attended in the past. We've been going there ever since.
I had a friend who invited me for one service. Well, one became two, which became four, etc etc etc.
I was raised going to the church that I currently attend, altough it has changed location. I was baptized at 12, but around 16 I started to question the idea that we were the only Christians so I studied various religions - Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, SDA, Baptists, etc. - and in the end my faith was strengthened and I realized that we are indeed the only Christians and that all these so-called "Christian denominations" lack Christianity. After all, the Sola Fideans deride baptism and thereby are hindered from entering the covenant, the Baptists baptize with a powerless worthless baptism, the SDA's Juadaize, the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches baptized non-believers and are idolatrous. The only church I have seen that baptizes Scripturally is the church of Christ which immerses believers only in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost for the remission of sins (that is in order to have their sins washed away as in Acts 22:16) and of course believes that baptism is necessary to salvation due to 1 Peter 3:21 "baptism doth also now save us...by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." My study of the Word of God has grounded me into the fact that no one can be a Christian and deny these things. The Baptists can give all their double talk about how important baptism is, and the Catholics can talk all day about how it's possible for an infant to believe, but it's all foolishness - if the Baptists really think baptism is so important, why do they deny that it is for the remission of sins? Why do they claim to hold to the Nicean creed when it says "I acknowledge one baptism FOR the remission of sins" when they don't believe that at all, but rather believe that their sins were remitted long before their baptism? Why do the Catholics not have these infants who supposedly believe confess that belief? Apostacy looks good until you put your glasses on.
After some nasty goings on at previous Church (I'll spare the gory story..) I did not attend Church regularly for almost a year. I said I would never go full-time to any Church again...I went maybe twice to one Church in that year off.
Crashed my computer big-time and lost all my puppet scripts. I had previously gave copies of some of the best of them to a mate, so rang him up and asked if he still had them. He did, and said I could pick them up at Church the next day.
Now I certainly did not like the idea of going to Church that day, but I needed those puppet scripts, so I grumblingly made my way over there.
Church was one my parents and I attended about 25 years ago when we lived over that way. As soon as I walked in it felt like I was "home". After the service I turned to my parents and said something like "I'm home, I'm staying here, I don't care what you two do"
We have all been going there since, and mum and self have taken over Sunday school. Been (back) there about 5-6 months now. So much for never going again Oh well Not the first time I have been wrong about something
How did you come to pick the Church you attend?
I was baptized as an infant into the Catholic Church, and I renewed and embraced my baptismal promises as a young adult.
I didn't really pick the particular chapel in which I worship at the divine liturgy because it's the only one on our university campus.
I guess you can say I didn't come to "pick" the particular community I worship with. It is, geographically, the closest and most convenient chapel where the Eucharist is celebrated.
Just looked at all those around me after visiting most of them and interacting
with some of their members and decided against them all.
On the other hand, I love to mingle with multiple denominations at public
functions. The Holy Spirit is so obvious in many from various churches.
Dissention is not very evident during public services and I can comment on
"The Lord" without getting into a " knock down drag out". Seems like those
who have a point to make about how their church is better than someone
elses..................doesn't do it.
Love to witness in bars and intend to accept an offer to minister with music
in a prison soon.
God lead me to the church that i was to attend.God will speak to your heart.I was raised in Holiness where we praised and worshipped God.The truth was being preached through the Holy Ghost.
We made a joyful noise unto the Lord.Good times.
Let's just say the shopping is easy for a Catholic. You don't have to look through hundreds of various denominations and non-denominations denominations in the phone book. It's not about the music or the preacher but about Jesus in the Eucharist.
Up here in Mass, we have over 300 RCCs in my immediate area, I am not kidding. There are three on my little bitty street.
I saw a pastor on T.V., at the lowest moment in my life, and sought out his church. And it wasn't easy to find. At first, we met in a warehouse, and eventually bought a garage-type building. We have about 35 regular adult members. There are only 3 independant Baptist churches listed in Worcester, and each one of them struggles.
But God led me to this church, and I am so glad he did. It gets better all the time.
"Up here in Mass, we have over 300 RCCs in my immediate area, I am not kidding. There are three on my little bitty street."
That may well be true. I don't doudt your words. But you miss the point. I would gladly go to any one of them. Even if the sermons were bad or there was no music at all or worse yet it was off key, which it is many times. The doctrine on the Eucharist is the same in each and every one of them. I can worship my Lord the same in every Catholic Mass. Therefore I don't really have to shop. Further I can go to Austrailia and easily find a Church to go to or anywhere else that I choose to take a vacation at. Why because the Mass is the Mass whereever I go. The responses to the prayers are the same. Every Catholic Church in the whole world has the same readings and psalms. And because the central Church decides what readings are to be read every day, using a methodical approach to cover the whole Bible in a 3 year cycle, I don't get the pastor's favorites out of the same Epistle week after week. Now that is unity.
I was taught, by example, Christian principles. My faith, at first, was linked to the example of my Godly parents. As a teen, I visited various churches with my friends. The variety of teachings and modes of worship caused me to more deeply examine my personal faith in Christ. As I studied, and looked at the religious world as a whole, It became crystal clear to me all churches and " faiths" could not be correct. I found that the concept of universal pluralism is a false idea with no rock solid foundation. I am thankful to God for being translated from darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son. I am a part of the church that belongs to Christ.