Finding a Church

Finding a good church to get plugged in to and a place that encourages growth on your spiritual journey is so key. In my experiences it can be pretty difficult to find a place. Personally for me since I’m a little more charismatic and expect things which makes it a little tougher. Thinking about this recently came to my mind because I’m soon unfortunately going to have to go through this process again.  I’ll be headed back to Cleveland and I know a few places back there but not sure really where I’m going to go for church.

It took me awhile in Kalamazoo to finally find a place that I honestly can say has been so awesome for me and I feel right at home there. Toward the end of my college days I began to a place that was very similar but left before I got really involved since I graduated and moved away.

Continuing on this journey and finding people along the way who can help you and you can help to grow closer to God is vital. It talks in the Bible about the importance of community and it’s affect on development and growth (James 5:16, Proverbs 27:17, Hebrews 10:24-25). I was at a house church in Cincy last week and we had a really great discussion about community and how having people around you to encourage and equip each other only helps our faith and our relationship with God.

Finding a place that fits what your looking for can be difficult, me personally I value prayer, community, anointed worship, solid teacher and freedom for movement of Holy Spirit. I have been to some really great places and don’t want to bash them but at some places there was like no prayer and I’d pray over people and it surprised people that I’d do that ha. I’ve found it hard since I want to see revival breakout, see people get healed and truly experience Him. Not everyone wants that you know, lot of environments are cool with the way things are and it challenges me and its hard for me to be in those places.

We each have our own things we are looking for in a church and we shouldn’t settle you know. Just like finding a spouse lol ha we can settle and be okay with it but why do that when we can find the right one.

We shouldn’t feel stuck at a church that isn’t meeting what we are looking for in a church. For a short season I felt stuck somewhere and it was a time where I needed solid community and encouragement and I was struggling with things and had to face them on my own. It was tough but you know the Lord provides and moved in other ways during that season.

A friend of mine from Toledo told me once that if you find a place that has the glory and passionate community to cherish it and if it takes you an hour to drive there it’s worth it. In my case not sure I will want to drive 5 hours to Kzoo and back every Sunday lol ha would love to but until we get the technology to teleport not sure I’ll be able to do that haha.

Yeah that’s really all I had just the importance of finding a solid church home where you can continue to grow, be equipped, be encouraged and be sent out to expand the Kingdom. It may look different to each one of us you know but having that place where you can be loved, be poured into, pour out and grow just is so important. It’s hard to go on this journey alone. Love you all.

 

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Majesty

Singin’ Majesty, Majesty
Your grace has found me just as I am

I wanted to write about something but really did not know what exactly to go over. So we’ll see where this goes. I just came from church and at the end the worship team played the song Majesty (ha this is like the 4th time I’ve used that word already ha). They have been going through a series called Jesus on every page, and the message today was from Isaiah 52:13-15 to Isaiah 53: 1-12. The brief synapses of  the passage is that its going through the prophecy of Jesus. I’m going to share some of my favorite parts of those verses…just hearing the prophecy is really cool to me, since I did not grow up a Christian I really never heard it before. Knowing that all this is going to come true brings enjoyment and happiness to my soul.

15  so he will sprinkle many nations,
    and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand

Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth

When the lead pastor was reading them I just kept thinking dang like the more I hear about the things Jesus did for me blows my mind away. Dying for someone I don’t know is something I couldn’t do, I would risk my life for my closest friends and family but other than that I don’t think I could. It took a bit for me to continually process the message, trying to wrap my head around it is crazy. As we began to worship I kept thinking about the sin in my life and thinking about all that stuff was taken away from me because like it says in Romans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I didn’t even have to do anything and Jesus saved me like that’s bonkers! The whole dying for me thing just I can’t express how insane and not going to lie I feel a little undeserving because he endured so much for us. All the crap Jesus went through for us makes me love him more and more.

The worship continued and Majesty started to play and just bruhhh I love this song, the lyrics and rhythm create a great song. This part of the song hit me, Your grace has found me just as I am, wherever I am/you are God will have grace for me/you. Again we aren’t doing anything and it’s there. Then this other part is so awesome as well, Forever I am changed by Your love, his love defiently has changed me from being a person that found it hard to love on others and somewhat hard to love myself. Now though I love on everyone I get a chance to, spread the love whenever I can, love myself and am cool with myself ha (sounded weird but its fine), and am just all about peace, love, and happiness. I love when during services they offer people to pray for you, like I’m always in need of some type of prayer cause I mean I’m not perfect. So this lady I feel bad because I loved her prayer that she said over me and it was so perfect for what I asked her for prayer for. Gave me the shakes if you know what I mean ha. That’s where we went I guess, I enjoyed this service a lot today. Not sure if this is weird or not but I enjoy praying for people…so if you have read this and need prayer email me…I got your back mwcoope@bgsu.edu