I think I’ll like it there, though they do seem to be rather involved in political activities, which worries me a little. I’m fine with churches advising their congregation on how they should live their lives. They are people (for the most part) who want to be there and want to hear the message the pastor is giving.
However, people outside the church should be outside their domain. Those people are already less than thrilled at what you have to say, so what makes you think they’ll be any more welcoming of what you have to say if they think your responsible for making them second class citizens or even law breakers?
So we’ll see. The pastor already said that next week is going to be bad, and that if I have different political ideas than he does, I may be a little offended. Part of me says go just so I can see what he has to say, the other part of me says I really like this church, and I don’t want my view of the church to be tarnished by one Sunday, so maybe I should sleep in and have a lazy Sunday next week. I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.
In other news, I’ve decided to change-up what I’m going to do with this blog. I was reading the Galatians passage over and over again, and I realized that isn’t where God is leading me. Instead, I’m doing an inductive study of the book of Romans. After I’ve finished Romans, I’ll be studying the other books of the bible written by Paul. And I would encourage you to follow along. Some great resources for you to have on hand would be:
Discover The Bible For Yourself by Kay Arthur
Other useful tools would be:
While I would consider all these things NECESSARY to a good inductive study of the bible, I can understand that they can be expensive, so I found it useful in the past (before I had these on hand) to go in with friends and share. Or scour yard sales and used book stores. Or even inquire at your church as to where you can find these items for a reduced price or even free.
I’ve been working on the introduction to Romans over the last couple of days, so I’ll post all that probably tomorrow or Tuesday, and an in-depth look into the first chapter probably the following day.