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Modern Churches - Am I the only person that gets so bored?

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3 minutes ago, Sera said:

Sadly my friend we've tried a number of "modern" churches near where we live, and it follows the same pattern.

Entertainment, little of the word, give us your money and cya later :(

I have joked for years about starting my own fellowship, the number of people who've said to me "you'd make a great pastor" out of the blue makes me think sometimes....

 

Its very sad what has been going on with lots of churches .    

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5 minutes ago, Sera said:

I have joked for years about starting my own fellowship, the number of people who've said to me "you'd make a great pastor" out of the blue makes me think sometimes....

Interesting. My brother in-law started a small fellowship in the home back in the early 198o's. He studied to become a fully ordained minister of the gospel, and has a small but thriving non denominational church that's recognized city-wide. 

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Just now, BeauJangles said:

Interesting. My brother in-law started a small fellowship in the home back in the early 198o's. He studied to become a fully ordained minister of the gospel, and has a small but thriving non denominational church that's recognized city-wide. 

How did he go about it? Was he just disillusioned or felt a definite calling?

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1 minute ago, Sera said:

How did he go about it? Was he just disillusioned or felt a definite calling?

The elders of the church he'd been attending, took note of his shepherd's heart. He was ordinarily a very shy guy, and was surprised at the thought of being a pastor. It was like, "Who me?" but some years later, he followed what was apparently a leading of the Lord.  

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1 hour ago, Sera said:

It was the usual 30 minutes of pain and assault on the eardrums - the same 2-3 songs were repeated ad nauseum.

Years ago...wow has it really been that long?  Well anyway.....Years ago when I moved from my home state to a new state. I was looking for a church.  I ended up a a Pentecostal church. They liked to sing choruses. Which was fine. Except they would sing the same chorus 5 or maybe even 6 time through. After the 2 time through my mind just went off somewhere else.  We also had to stand the whole time and at the time I was working the late shift the night before at a office store. My feet still hurt the next morning. So having to stand there in church and sing choruses over and over for 25 to 30 minutes, was not only boring but painful.  So yeah. I can relate. 

 

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Beaujangles, I love your humor!  Some churches may be as loud as a gun range--hilarious.  

Seriously, though, we need to bond to a church.  The only way to keep spiritually strong is to connect with spiritually like-mined individuals.  At the time of the Flood, survival depended on being part of a close-knit group and on being willing to accept God’s direction given to Noah. Even the animals in the ark that survived the Flood did not do so apart from this group. Precise instructions were given to Noah to make appropriate provisions for the preservation of animal life.—Genesis 6:17–7:8.


Centuries later, descendants of Noah through his son Shem came into bondage in Egypt. Yet, God’s purpose was to free them and bring them to the land that he had promised their forefather Abraham. Once again, this was not revealed to each individual but was first revealed to those chosen to be their leaders—Moses and his brother, Aaron. (Exodus 3:7-10; 4:27-31) After the former slaves were delivered as a group from Egypt, they were given God’s Law at Mount Sinai and formed into the nation of Israel.—Exodus 19:1-6.


Deliverance was possible for individual Israelites only because they were associated with a divinely established group and followed the direction of this group’s appointed leaders. Provisions were even made for individual Egyptians to associate with this group that obviously had divine approval. When the Israelites left Egypt, these individuals went with them, thus putting themselves in line for God’s blessing.—Exodus 12:37, 38.


Then, in the first century, Jesus began his preaching activity, gathering people together as his disciples. He dealt with them as a group, though he also directed loving attention to individuals according to their needs. To the 11 faithful apostles, Jesus said: “You are the ones that have stuck with me in my trials; and I make a covenant with you, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom.” (Luke 22:28, 29) Later, God’s holy spirit came upon the disciples when they were together as a group.—Acts 2:1-4.


These examples clearly show that in the past God has always dealt with his people as an organized group. The few individuals with whom God had dealings personally—Noah, Moses, Jesus, and others—were, in fact, used by Him to communicate with a closely associated group. There is no reason to believe that God deals any differently with his servants today. 

So connecting with a church it IS!  Just keep searching and an appropriate one will appear.  

On a side note, am I the only one noting  the casual attire being used for church services?  Do men wear suits anymore and do ladies wear dresses anymore to church?

 


 

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