Visiting Churches

Reflecting on Church #4: Focusing on What Matters Most

With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #4.

A few years ago we visited this church when ours closed because of bad weather. At the time, they held two services and were outgrowing their building.

They purchased land and made plans for a larger facility. As I understand, some people objected, stirring up dissention and causing division. (See Romans 16:17.)

As a result, many people left in a huff, while those who remained consolidated into one Sunday service.

52 Churches: A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, and Our Common Faith

It’s sad when God’s people can’t get along and even sadder when their words and actions divide Jesus’ church. This is not what he desires.

Though differing opinions are inevitable and sometimes leaving a church may be the best solution, the dissidents need to depart quietly and without making a mess for those who stay.

Now, with the troublemakers gone, those who remain have formed a committed core group.

They are intent on being what a church should be: worshiping instead of being entertained, serving over being served, and pursuing God’s perspective rather than their own agenda.

They’re focusing on what matters. I am expectant for their future.

[See my reflections about Church #3 and Church #5 or start with Church #1.]

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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.

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