DAY 6, OCTOBER 6
“God doesn’t like people to be without a place. Out-of-place people always have a place with God.”
– Caleb Kaltenbach
When someone asks, “Where do you go to church?” we know what they mean.
But I’ve been ruined to answer ever since the AVB song, U Can’t Go 2 Church, “cause the church is you.” [Listen to it here; it’s quite catchy.]
You can’t go to church as some people say
The common terminology we use everyday
You can go to a building, that is something you can do
But you can’t go to church ’cause the church is you
To be polite, not contentious, and remain truthful, I answer what they’re looking for. I say, “I go to The Rock now. And I love it.”
Where Do You Fit In?
But depending on how long we talk, and how far they’re willing to go, we uncover more spiritual traditions about each other.
We discuss deeper than where we find ourselves seated on Sunday mornings.
Do you have a church you feel you belong to?
While we may want to find one place and stay there for life, that rarely happens anymore, for better or for worse. People move. People change. Faith changes.
If you’ve ever left a church, you know how painful it can be. I definitely know.
But if you’ve then landed in a more fitting community to grow your faith—a place you belong—you also know how refreshed you can feel. I know that exhilaration, too.
Your Church History
Think about how God has led you to the churches you’ve attended.
And how he’s led you to the place you are now, whether this is a final landing place or not, whether you’re satisfied there or not.
Find him in this part of your story. He’s in it.
What is he up to now?
Here are our three questions of the day:
(1) How many churches have been a true home for you?
(2) Have you ever changed denominations or faith traditions?
(3) What’s one thing you really love about your current church?
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What are your answers? Please share in the comments.
(1) Four churches have really been home for me at different seasons of my life. I’m grateful for all four. I’ve learned things, made lasting friends, and found God in new ways at each one.
(2) I’ve remained in the Christian faith, but I have moved from a very conservative to a more multi-denominational church.
(3) I love the worship at my current church! It’s all about Jesus, with both head knowledge and heart emotions.
- How to Be a Perfect Christian
This satire of how to be a perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee will make you laugh. And make you cringe.
- Quit Going to Church
“I pray for you to quit going to church and start being the church.” More quotes from Bob Hostetler’s book, Quit Going to Church.
- Where Do You Go to Church?
It’s not as easy a question as it sounds. Frank Viola in Reimagining Church has some interesting answers.
- What Do You Need to Let Go Of? – Day 5 of Handmade
- This Is Why It’s Safe to Hope – Day 7 of Handmade