Looking for a Church That is Not So…

“I’m looking for a church that is not so Judgmental.”

Some grew up in homes with hard fathers and fault-finding mothers. Others are in dysfunctional, abusive relationships. Some have been judged unfairly by peers or society for so long that they long for a place where they can just be themselves. The last thing they are looking for is more of the same at church. Most just long to be loved—and none of us like to be criticized.

The church is composed of humble, kind people who know their imperfections. Like John (Revelation 21:1–3), all faithful Christians have a hopeful future, but many, like Paul, also have a regrettable past (Philippians 3:13). They have made their share of mistakes, dabbled in more sins than they care to remember, and battled addictions that haven’t gone down easily. Since “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23), Christians understand, accept, encourage, and help each other.

Christians know that pointing a finger at others leaves three fingers pointing back at themselves. They long ago memorized Jesus’ admonition, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1).

On the other hand, all of us should make judgments. The same Lord who said, “Judge not,” also said, “Judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). Is this a contradiction? No, He doesn’t forbid judging, but He does forbid unfair, hypocritical judging (Matthew 7:2–5).

The church announces the righteousness of God (Romans 1:16–17; 3:22–25; Hebrews 1:8). It trumpets holiness, values purity, and endorses clear ethical standards. It urges sowing to the Spirit, and discourages sowing to the flesh (Galatians 6:7–8). Therefore, some sermons will encourage us; others will convict us (Acts 2:36–38). We benefit from both.

So look for a church where you feel welcomed and loved—and challenged to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:21–22; 2 Peter 3:18).

We strive to be a congregation where EVERYONE feels wanted, welcomed and loved.  Be our guest this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  

By: Allen Webster  www.housetohouse.com

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