Saturday, September 27, 2008

Discouraged..

Tomorrow is Sunday, and normally, I look forward to this day the whole week. Before we moved back to Texas from Louisiana, we were attending a wonderful little Southern Baptist church. It required a bit of a drive, but the Spirit-filled fellowship, Spirit-led worship, and annointed preaching was well worth it.

We were fortunate in that our good friends, John and Ashley, had done a lot of church searching and come across this sweet church. At the time, Brandon and I were attending a larger church within minutes from our home, but, after one visit to our friends' church, we knew God was calling us to go there. It was difficult to leave the church we were attending because we had made such good friends and really loved our bible study class, but obviously, God had something else in store for us.

This little church wasn't very big. They started out as a home church, gathering when possible, until they outgrew the home and were able to get a little storefront in a strip (that is, shopping) center.

I love how our pastor, Jerry Chaddick, preached with such conviction and urgency, emphasising the need for personal revival and world-wide revival. I have listened to many, many ministers and preachers, and know very few who speak with such passion and urgency.

Since moving back to Texas, my husband and I have visited a different church every Sunday... not just Baptist churches, but all sorts of churches. Some preachers hardly mentioned the bible. Others mentioned the bible, but focused on feel-good messages, instead of getting down deep into the Word of God. We left a couple churches before the sermon was over.

It is so discouraging to see churches who have lost their first love, who are neither "hot nor cold", who are falling into the ways of the world by allowing worldly mindsets and society's opinions to have more importance than the Word of God.

I feel like crying, having to face another church tomorrow, but I am reminded that we must keep on going. I must admit, this has made me realize the true state of our Christian nation. We must stop preaching a watered-down, sugar-coated version of the gospel. People will not accept the Good News if they don't understand what the bad news, if they don't understand that we are sinners, disgusting and filthy, and worthy of death!

We are fortunate that we have Christian friends and family to fellowship with, but we so desire a church group to worship and praise the Lord with, and we hope to find a church passionate about discipleship and Truth.

That being said, I have listened to a couple sermons from the church we will be visiting tomorrow, and I have thoroughly enjoyed them and felt uplifted... so this really could be "it".. and I hope it is, because I am weary!

3 comments:

Arlene said...

My daughter is going through the same thing. She just started college in Orlando and says the churches near campus have watered down messages aimed at bringing in college students without offending them. Funny, Jesus never seemed to care if the Pharisees were offended. Anyway, she's had to go far from campus to find churches with more substance. She says the churches near the school won't help her learn and grow with their "feel good" messages. She found one she likes a lot. I pray you will too. God bless.

Mrs. Sewell (Professional Wife and SAHM) said...

I just stumbled across your blog. I see you are searching for a church home. Have you tried a local Calvary Chapel? My husband and I live in Baton Rouge, and I know how hard it can be to find a good Bible believing teaching church. Calvary Chapel was our church when we lived in Mississippi, but when we moved to B.R. there wasn't one, until after Katrina. Just an idea if youa re looking for a church that teaches the scriptures. You can look one up online...calvarychapel.org

Calvary Chapel teaches the Bible systematically, which I love!

God Bless
Crystal <><

Lindseyn56 said...

Hey :) I am not sure if yall are still looking for a good church, but Travis and I moved to Houston recently and for the past 2 Sundays we have gone to 1st Christian Church, Disciples of Christ on Sunset Blvd. It is between Rice University and River Oaks. Everyone has made us feel at home and the message is incredible and it is bible based.

They have a great childrens program. Halfway through the service they call the children forward for a children's moment and then they to their Sunday school class. Lots of cute kids who are young.

Just wanted to let you know :)

Lindsey (Rice)