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It's very rare for a person to never move.
It's very rare that someone would go to one church all their life.
The result is that most Christians will at some point end up looking for a place to call their home church.
One of the most common questions people ask when looking for a church is, "Where will I get my needs met?"
While this seems like a perfectly good question to ask, it's actually one of the most harmful ways to look at one's relationship to God's church.
You see, when you ask this question, you are a consumer and the ultimate judge of what is acceptable to you.
But you see, church life, discipleship is not about you. It's all about God. It's all about what is good and pleasing to God.
The proper way for us to relate to God is to ask "Am I acceptable to God?" and never "Is God acceptable to me?"
Also the reason why this question is unhelpful is because instead of making you an investor and a disciple, asking "Where will I get my needs met?" fundamentally makes you a consumer of what God can offer.
Imagine if the basis of your relationship with your spouse, your child, boy/girl friend, is "What have you done for me lately?" And if you don't contribute to make my life better, I'm out!
No relationship can survive that.
No relationship should endure that.
The most important question to ask when looking for a church is "Where do I feel most at home?"
As you check out different churches, you will know when you've come home.
- It will be a place where you will be loved and cared for, but also a place where you will be expected to contribute and help with the chores.
- It will be a place where you can grow and be yourself.
- It will be home.
If you're in the Lakewood vicinity and you've been looking for a church home, you've got to come try the Little Church on the Prairie.
You belong here!