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Old 03-14-2016, 06:49 AM
 
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You certainly do have many choices, i'd start with the one closest to where you will be living.=
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:01 AM
 
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Even within a denomination, churches can have distinct personalities. Attend several until one place feels absolutely right for you.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:14 AM
 
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Far too often, folks decide on a church based on a plethora of extraneous issues: 'Is it entertaining?', 'Do they like the children's program?', 'Does one like the music?' 'Do the people seem friendly?' Perhaps this is a reflection of why people attend church today. They are looking for an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two on Sunday.

How about: 'Are they solidly rooted in Scripture?', 'Do they have an outreach effort that makes a difference in the community?', 'What percentage of their budget actually gets outside the church?', 'Are the people actually being equipped to live faithfully ... between Sunday's?' and 'Is the emphasis on worshiping God or on church programs?'.

The old Alice in Wonderland exchange between Alice and the Caterpillar seems appropriate: "Which way do I go, which way do I go?" .... "Where are you going?" ... "I don't really know!" .... "Then it doesn't really matter which way you go."
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:31 PM
 
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I totally agree with the second paragraph.




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Far too often, folks decide on a church based on a plethora of extraneous issues: 'Is it entertaining?', 'Do they like the children's program?', 'Does one like the music?' 'Do the people seem friendly?' Perhaps this is a reflection of why people attend church today. They are looking for an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two on Sunday.

How about: 'Are they solidly rooted in Scripture?', 'Do they have an outreach effort that makes a difference in the community?', 'What percentage of their budget actually gets outside the church?', 'Are the people actually being equipped to live faithfully ... between Sunday's?' and 'Is the emphasis on worshiping God or on church programs?'.

The old Alice in Wonderland exchange between Alice and the Caterpillar seems appropriate: "Which way do I go, which way do I go?" .... "Where are you going?" ... "I don't really know!" .... "Then it doesn't really matter which way you go."
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:46 AM
 
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I love the 'Are you serious?' one.

Can I suggest a question for you, if you do 'interview the Pastor' (ROFL):

Do you believe in mutual submission between 'leaders' and 'led', in accordance with gifting and anointing?
That really depends on what one means by "mutual submission" as you phrase it.
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:40 PM
 
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That really depends on what one means by "mutual submission" as you phrase it.
The only thing that can be meant by it: whoever is right and hearing the Holy Spirit on a matter, the others defers to them. Hence the role of the prophetic gifting in the church, to weigh and test.
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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The only thing that can be meant by it: whoever is right and hearing the Holy Spirit on a matter, the others defers to them. Hence the role of the prophetic gifting in the church, to weigh and test.
What happens if someone claims to be hearing the Spirit but is instead suffering from a bad taco? How do you know?
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:03 PM
 
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Far too often, folks decide on a church based on a plethora of extraneous issues: 'Is it entertaining?', 'Do they like the children's program?', 'Does one like the music?' 'Do the people seem friendly?' Perhaps this is a reflection of why people attend church today. They are looking for an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two on Sunday.

How about: 'Are they solidly rooted in Scripture?', 'Do they have an outreach effort that makes a difference in the community?', 'What percentage of their budget actually gets outside the church?', 'Are the people actually being equipped to live faithfully ... between Sunday's?' and 'Is the emphasis on worshiping God or on church programs?'.

The old Alice in Wonderland exchange between Alice and the Caterpillar seems appropriate: "Which way do I go, which way do I go?" .... "Where are you going?" ... "I don't really know!" .... "Then it doesn't really matter which way you go."
It saddens me, but you hit the nail on the head.

We conform to God and not the other way around. Are we so surprised though by how some people make a choice? Look at how, sad to say, a majority of religions and their leaders act. These say they are representing God. Yet they act like they have never cracked open a Bible. Because lets be honest...they haven't! In fact more and more are tossing Bible out the window. There is a term I use quite often. 'Courtyard trampling'. This is in reference of Isaiah chapter 1. The people of Israel go to God's temple but their offerings are meaningless. Their worship is meaningless. Their incense is detestable. Their prayers, He no longer listens to them. Why? Because their deeds are wicked. The Bible says in Is 1:12, "When you come to appear before me, Who has required this from you, This trampling of my courtyards?" Meaning that all the Israelites were accomplishing was trampling the courtyard. Of course by the time God felt this way, Israel had also tossed their laws out the window and gone to selling children into prostitution and burning them alive. But the principle is still there. If we go to worship God at some church but that congregation's deeds don't match God's principles then all we are doing is 'trampling the courtyard' or merely wearing out the carpet in some building.

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Old 03-15-2016, 02:52 PM
 
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What happens if someone claims to be hearing the Spirit but is instead suffering from a bad taco? How do you know?
There is a standard, Vizio - agape love. If their bad taco produces something that is not compatible with agape love it is NOT of the Spirit of God, period. You keep pretending there is no standard, when in reality you just ignore it.
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:57 PM
 
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There is a standard, Vizio - agape love. If their bad taco produces something that is not compatible with agape love it is NOT of the Spirit of God, period. You keep pretending there is no standard, when in reality you just ignore it.
Define it for me. What is and is not "compatible" with agape love?

Is worshiping Allah compatible?
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