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!