We live in a digital age and that affects every part of our lives including our worship. Now, we can hop on TV or the internet or iTunes or Periscope to check out our favorite pastors and preachers from all across the world. Which is great and I utilize all of those things throughout my week, but it doesn’t take away from the need to actually have a church home and family where you can gather in person. I know that it’s a little played out by I think church still matters.
And not the old fire and brimstone church that tells you that we’re all going to hell in a hand basket. If you find yourself in one of these churches, run far, far away. There are so many new churches that are non-denominational but rooted in the love of God and in the Bible. Don’t let your experience from 15 years ago, keep you from wanting to try and experience new things.
When I’ve had a long week, there is no place I’d rather be on a Sunday morning than Authentic Life Church. Being involved in the ministry, sometimes they drive me nuts, sometimes there are a lot of moving parts, but every time Pastor Lester Brown or whatever guest steps in front of that podium, I remember exactly why I am there. It starts with the praise and worship. There is nothing like that corporate setting to get your mind right before the actual word starts. GOD MOVES in that place. And the great thing about it is, I had the opportunity to experience the fact that church is not about a building at all. In the last two years, we have met in four different locations and nothing has changed. We are the church, it was never a building.
Also, it helps to sit under the word, especially together with your significant other. You can know that you are both hearing the same exact thing. Though it may hit you differently, you have a common foundation to go back to after church service has ended. Yes we can read the Bible and talk to God on our own, but there is something about the way that it can be interpreted by a man or woman of God that will give you insight and revelation that you just can’t get on your own. Church service has guided me in my own personal study in so many ways.
It’s also great to be surrounded by all different types of people that are also just looking for the love of God the same way you are. There are moments when I can tell that people are hurting or heavy and you just want to give them a hug or pray with them and you know that may be the little bit of light they needed during a difficult time. It gives us that awareness of others instead of being in our bed on a Sunday with no one else around. It gives us another opportunity for that human interaction that’s vital in these times where everything we want is available at the click of a button.
Sunday morning is a time to revel in God’s goodness, to hear His word, and to get charged up for the week ahead. Because guess what? Life is going to through a lot your way, so it’s great to have that opportunity to refill and prepare yourself for the daily warfare of being a Christian in this world. Most often many of the answers or direction you are looking for can be found right there in His presence. I mean there have been moments that I felt God’s love so strong, that I just had to weep and give Him thanks. I can get there on my own, but with all those prayers and all that praise, I believe He shows up and out.
It’s all about finding a place that aligns with where you are in your walk. So many of us give up on church because we are in the wrong place trying to get fed. I didn’t grow up with a heavy church background so the traditional church is not a place for me. I’m not trying to go anywhere where I can’t wear pants or get up to go to the bathroom or anything like that. I found a church with a young pastor that gets it, that’s out and about, that is authentic in his approach and it’s been amazing. I’ve never in my life been this cool with a pastor. LOL. They always seemed so untouchable and “on another level.” But he meets us right where we are. He attends our events, comes out and supports, checks up on us just to see how we’re doing and I love that. And his wife is the same. She’s not bitter because her husband is in the business of helping people. She’s kind, loving and sociable with everyone. It’s the right fit for us at this current point in our lives. And if there ever comes a time where we outgrow our stay there, we will just ask God to lead us to the next place.
It doesn’t have to be deep or spooky or like I mentioned holding on to old stuff that happened at one place. At the end of the day, we are all human, whether you are a Christian or not, and people make mistakes. You can’t blame the church the rest of your life for that. Ask God to lead you to a place where you can grow in His word. I promise you, He won’t fail you. As my pastor always says, God is smart. Follow the plan. And even if you don’t have a “church” find two or three people to get together with on a Sunday for brunch. Fellowship, talk about His goodness, study the word. There is power there that you are leaving untapped when you are only in your own head with His word.
As the millennial generation, I know that we don’t see the importance, but it’s there. Leave the party just a little bit earlier on Saturday to get up for Sunday service and it will be worth it, I promise.
If you are looking for a church to check out in Philly, I would love to invite you out to mine! They say some folks don’t come to church because they weren’t invited. So consider this my invitation.
Authentic Life Church
Pastors Lester and Rochelle Brown
Like us on Facebook.com/authenticlife because we are currently in transition and church location has been moving around a bit! 10am service on Sundays. Don’t forget to say hey!
Scripture to Reference:
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20