Got problems? Come on in!
It’s amazing how often people actually think they wouldn’t be welcome at church.
“I’m too weird, troubled, radical, educated, uneducated…” and the list goes on.
The fact is, everyone is welcome here, and no matter how confused, strange or messed up you may be, you’re included!
Church is well-worth being a part of, mainly because each church is part of the family of believers in Jesus Christ – a community of regular human beings who desire to live our lives in the light God has given us in Jesus Christ, His Son. Not everyone who goes to church has it all together. In fact, churches have been that way since the beginning, and we know it!
Check out what the Apostle Paul wrote to a messed up church in Corinth — one of the first churches around:
“Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, ‘If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.’ ” (1 Corinthians 1: 26-31, “The Message” translation of the Bible)
What’s that you say? You’re just a normal person, with no particular dysfunctions or serious problems? That’s okay! You’re welcome here as well. In fact, maybe you’ll have some great ideas to encourage the rest of us. No pressure, though. Just come as you are, and take your place in this Christian community.
Whatever the case is with you – or whatever kind of case you are (basket or otherwise!) – our place to worship Jesus is your place, and we look forward to having you come and make yourself at home here. So come on down! There’s room for you to grow spiritually along with the rest of us. As we get to know God better, our problems and dysfunctions take on a new perspective, and our darkness recedes in the light of God’s amazing grace, and His wonderful love for every one of us. And that, my friend, is good news!