Discussing Church 14
The church website doesn’t give their affiliation, but the pastor’s bio implies they’re Pentecostal. Their Facebook page, however, prominently confirms this.
Consider these four discussion questions about Church #14:
1. Facebook says the service lasts two hours. I’m glad to know this, but I still dread what awaits me.
Most people expect church to last an hour. If yours doesn’t, what can you do to communicate this without scaring away newcomers?
2. As posted online, their narrow views on salvation and unity trouble me. But most members don’t know what their church stands for—and would disagree with some aspects.
How well do you know your church’s beliefs? If we focus on Jesus, does doctrine really matter?
3. Several more people welcome us. This Pentecostal church excels at pre-service hospitality, leaving us feeling valued.
What is your church noted for? Is it something positive or negative?
4. After we meet many people, the minister introduces himself and asks if we’ve ever been to a Pentecostal church. When I shake my head, he raises his eyebrows and requests we keep an open mind.
Do people at your church need to keep an open mind? What does this communicate?
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.