It’s Sunday afternoon and many of you are just getting home from church and are probably about to enjoy Sunday dinner with your loved ones. Or maybe you’re the Bedside Baptist type and you heard the word via your computer screen or cell phone. Or just maybe, you’re that person who skipped church all together because you have it all figured out.
Either way, I can relate to you. I found myself in each of those categories before…
BEFORE I had repeated encounters with Christ and knew that there was something more waiting for me on my spiritual journey. Something that I wouldn’t find in most churches nowadays and I definitely wouldn’t find sitting all alone at home.
**I promise that I’ll share my full spiritual journey soon but know that I have only been a Christian for the last 2 1/2 years… Before that I thought I was, but knowing what I know now, I was actually far from it. I was one of those, “Yeah I believe in God” types but I didn’t know the first thing about living a Christ filled life.
In all honesty I don’t think you have to go to church to be a Christian. But I do believe in the importance of being around like-minded people. Before finding a church we would just gather together as a family and have bible study at home and truthfully it was pretty cool. I learned a lot and it was a very safe place to ask questions and open up. But as new parents, we also wanted to be around other like minded believers who looked like us, you know, who were younger, newly married, and maybe had new families. Even though we wanted those things what was most important was that the church environment was spirit led and filled.
Basically we looked for the following things in a church:
- Taught the word of God.
- Alternative view of tithing.
As you see our list wasn’t long at all. But those 3 things among a few others were extremely important to us. Anything else would’ve been a waste of our time.
We initially heard about Cornelius and Heather Lindsey from a good friend who recommended that I attend one of their annual Pinky Promise Conferences a few years ago. At that time I wasn’t really receptive to the advice and decided to carry on with life as I knew it. I just started following them on social media at the beginning of this year and although I agreed with the message they conveyed, I was still hesitant to let them lead my family’s spiritual walk.
So I found Cornelius’ past sermons on YouTube and began to listen. I heard a few and thought, “Ok, this seems really cool.” But then I heard the one on Giving and it sealed the deal. I encourage you all to check it out below.
A quick heads up, it might be different from what you’ve been taught up until this point. Try to have an open mind and heart while listening.
In June of this year I told my husband that I was going to check their church out since it was local here in Atlanta. He gave me a slight side-eye and said he’d pass because he had work to do that day :-(. I was a little sad at first but I knew that if I didn’t like it, at least I wouldn’t have to hear, “I told you so!” Lol. Thankfully I came back with a good report and he decided to join me the following week and we’ve been going ever since.
The overall point of my post today is to encourage you all to step outside of your comfort zone and try something different. Try not to let your fears, misconceptions, or other people’s suggestions steer you away from your personal walk with God. If I may keep it 100% for a moment, we really didn’t want to be a part of the ‘church folk’ in-crowd. We didn’t need another group of people to belong to! I think our main fear was that we didn’t want to add to the group of lukewarm Christians out there. The ones who go to church, sing the songs, shout Hallelujah then leave out the building and go right back to their old ways.
I’m so glad that we overcame that fear and actually gave church a chance. Now I can honestly say that when we leave that place each Sunday, we feel a sense of fulfillment and strong conviction to become better Christians. A feeling that lasts all day, every day and never leaves us…
Enough of my rant lol.
You can find more about The Gathering Oasis (The GO) church here. And you can join us every Sunday at 10:30am for prayer or 11:00am for the sermon <– That’s when we get there because having 2 kids and getting anywhere early is a struggle lol.
Now go ahead, have a listen to the sermon above and give church a try!
Then carry-on with your normal Sunday routine 😉