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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Our church search has ended!

For those of you who do not know, we moved to this location just about a year ago and have been searching for a solid, fundamental, Bible-believing church since. We had joined a church in May, but right after we did, trouble erupted. When the issue was resolved, the Lord made clear to us that our time at that church was done. There are maybe five Independent Fundamental Baptist churches in this area. While we are not hung up on denominations, our standards and convictions most closely match the Independent Fundamentalists. After leaving the first church, we visited another for about a month and had actually decided we were going to join there when the Lord very firmly shut that door, too. We ended up at Calvary Baptist Church and have been visiting for 3 1/2 months. Mr. Incredible and I both felt like this was where the Lord wanted our family to worship, and today we went ahead and joined. It is so nice to have a church to call home again! There are three pastors, and I have been blessed by the sermons preached by all three. One other aspect of this church I really appreciate is their ability to love the sinner while still holding firm and preaching against sin. Over the years I have noted that many Baptist churches, and particularly Independent Fundamental Baptist churches, have a legalistic attitude that makes love for a person contingent upon their upholding a certain set of rules imposed by the church. Without watering down the Bible or lowering their standards, the pastors and members of Calvary manage to convey Christ's love regardless of where you are in your walk with God. I praise the Lord for directing us to this church and pray that He will continue to use us there.


knowhimwell said...

It is nice to have a church family. I grew up in a legalistic church and don't miss it!!!! It is so freeing to be released from the bondage of legalism. Churches have put many of their own convictions and rules out there for everyone else. We are learning at church right now about "Satan's Substitute" and how he has lied to the church and convinced us of the things we believe that are not biblically based. One of the things our pastor has been talking about is how we measure other people's Christianity and the criteria we use. God certainly doesn't want us doing that. I hope that your new church family will be very supportive to you adn your family.

Revka said...

It was rather hard on us when we just "visiting". It has seemed like a long, hard road to where we are now, but we know the Lord has guided us each step of the way. We look forward to serving Him at Calvary.