I went to church this past Sunday. We haven't been in awhile and i had heard through a friend about a church here in Statesville that sounded like somewhere my family and I would be interested in checking out. And since my kids were a little under the weather, I went in alone... and really liked what I heard and saw.... But that's not what I am writing about.
You may be thinking, "So, what's the big deal? Many people went to church Sunday."
But this was my first time walking into a church since the first of June 2010.
Again, so what?
Well, that's the longest I have ever been "not going to A church."
(I am going to be honest here...not brutally honest, but honest)
My wife has asked me a few times recently if I've missed not being in a church... My answer is immediately, "No, I haven't missed it." and that's the truth, I haven't. And quite frankly, the only reason we have been interested in finding a church, is to provide a place where our kids can be involved.
But here's the good part... I can also honestly say that I have never been more excited about my faith than I am at this time in my life. A few of you are probably calling "BS" right now because for many people, going to church every time the doors are open is the only way one gets into heaven, but I am just being honest. These past 6-7 months have been LIBERATING for me.
"How can this be?" you may be asking...
Well i said I had not BEEN to church in awhile, I never said I had not been EXPERIENCING church.
Over the past few months I've been involved in several small gatherings. We started meeting with a few of our close friends in our home every Sunday to share a meal and discuss theology and walk through the texts together. And I love it. I feel so refreshed after our friends leave our house on sunday nights.
And the same goes for the emergent cohort that we recently started here in Statesville. Our first meeting was awesome, and i left feeling like I had experienced something very good.
So that's where I am at... And while I know some of you are disagreeing with what you have just read, i also know that many of you can relate, and i am ok with that.
As alway, let me know your thoughts/experiences.