I want to let you all know first that this is a very honest confession, one that is hard to put out there but by doing so I think it will help me thing through everything. I like “seeing things in print” and I value your opinions.
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Church….I love my Church I love what it represents that it is reaching out to others and inviting them in. I love the people in it, they are my local family. But because of the outreach mission of my Church 70% of the time the sermons are very well… basic. Again there is nothing wrong with this but I’m finally in a place where I want to learn, I want to know the history and the background not just the stories. I’ve got the basics down. Don’t get me wrong I have no plans to leave my Church that would honestly hurt to much. These people were with me during the hardest parts of my life and are now celebrating the good times with me. I have no desire to leave I just have a desire to learn. We do have small groups and the point of those are to feed the ‘non-beginners’ so to speak. However the series we are doing isn’t what I thought it would be. It is more a discussion about common “rules” of Christianity and challenging their merit. There isn’t a lot of study to it like I thought there would be. I’ve been doing some studying on my own and Ry and I are going to start soon (he has a much more in depth background than I do.) so that is exciting to me.
I wish there could be a happy medium. but those Churches just don’t make it in this world. You have to the either or.
So here is the contemplative part. The question I guess. My Church does a good job of clearly stating that Church is for the seekers and Bible study is where we get the meat. Why don’t other seeker Churches do this??? Have we become so complacent that these basic sermons are enough? Do we just go to Church because we are supposed to and really aren’t paying attention? I’m glad that there are Churches out there for the new Christians but if we the ‘long time’ Christians are going to them without any other supplement (devotions, Bible study, etc.) how are we learning anything?