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  1. I actually love my church and do feel comfortable there! My hubby and I love sitting under the teaching of our pastor, who grows us every weekend! ❤

    1. That’s wonderful, Donna! I pray the Lord blesses you abundantly as you minister from there. ♥

  2. Hi Natasha. I know this is an oldthread but this is where I am right now. I feel I need to leave my current church be because you can’t question them and when I look up scripture for myself I’m more than uncomfortable about what they’re doing and saying. I find another church preaches Christ and grow listening to the pastors there. I don’t feel their worship style or cessationist theology suits me but I realise now I have to be responsible for my own faith and I do get the impression there they’d be very willing to engage with questions. This article may be the wisdom I’ve been asking the Lord for – to stop wanting everything but grow in the Lord a place where His word is handled well.

    1. praying that the Lord leads you right to where He desires you to be for this season! Blessings!

  3. Love this! One thing I really love about my current church is that the pastor and many others are very up front about being ok with different opinions and thoughts, even if they conflict. There’s a strong base in Jesus, but there’s lot of room to explore and learn and grown.

    1. That’s awesome, Nicole. I am learning to accept questions, ask them, and then just simply live out the truths I know to the best of my ability– without judgement, but with firmness. It’s a good place to be.

  4. This is so affirming to read, I often am told that if I’m not “for my church” than I’m against it; but I really just constantly ask questions. I’m not always right; but if I hear something I question, I want to be able to discuss it without getting slammed or shunned. Lorretta and I know there is no perfect church; but it would be so wonderful to be in a body of believers that at least have created an atmosphere that discussions can take place openly without that allow none approach.
    Thank you!

    1. Asking questions is so vital to healthy growth! For everyone. The congregation, the individual, and the leadership. And there is nothing more beautiful than being with other Believers and wading through the questions together! Am so thankful this blessed you.

  5. You’ve really hit the nail on the head here. If there would be more churches held together by long-suffering love and devotion instead of “similarity of belief”, then the body of Messiah would be much stronger and more powerful.

    1. The trick is always that there are important things to agree upon (mainly, who Jesus is!) and there are also important things in the church itself– but most of us are more concerned with the outward things. The way people look, act, talk– or their style of worship or prayer– and our goal is comfortableness, not Christ-likeness. It’s a tough subject, and I told my husband that I barely scratched the surface of what I wanted to say! But I hope the point is clear: being uncomfortable is good. We all need more of it!

      1. It IS a hard subject to “scratch”. Maybe it’ll become part of a series someday. Or maybe someone just needed to hear that little part. 🙂

        1. Jess– you are seriously the best encourager. I was definitely sitting here thinking, “Man, maybe I shouldn’t have touched this since I certainly don’t have the time to dig into it a lot deeper right now…” and then I read your comment AND received a note from a reader telling me how much this meant to them where they are at right now.

          Yes. Sometimes we’re called to just look at a little part for today. And our job is to just be faithful in that.

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