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A situation; a request

A recent letter to Christians Together sets out a situation and makes a request. Perhaps you can help; or maybe you are in the same situation.
 


Lost sheepEd preface: The following is an extract from a letter just recently received. It illustrates a situation facing an increasing number of believers.

If anyone can offer some 'sign-posting' then that will be much appreciated. If anyone is in the same situation then please feel free to be in touch. (Confidentiality will be respected.)

Dear Christians Together,

I myself at the moment am churchless.
I am looking for a church that believes what the bible says. Not what they think it says.

Gay marriages and preachers are not what God approves of.
No matter what some people may think it is not in line with what God says in HIS WORD.
 I sometimes wonder if some Preachers ever read the Bible???
   
The church and nation that stands with Israel pleases God
As we are in the end times and many of the prophesies
that Jesus spoke about are happening before our eyes you would think at least the church would see the light..????
 
So do you know of such a church?


Inverness areaFootnote:

Requests of this kind are becoming much more common: they come not from 'church-hoppers' looking for 'the perfect church' but from committed believers

Thismap roughly outlines the area from which the request comes. While it is generally much better if a believer can find a church in his/her own community there are many who are unable to find a spiritual home where they live.

It is hoped shortly to have an article which tackles the above problem, but meanwhile one of the 'much accessed' articles on Christians Together is the one which outlines some important characteristics of believers meeting together: it is entitled 'What to look for in a church'.

Any responses in relation to the above request should be sent to the Editor ( editor<at sign>christianstogether.net )

As a 'PS' it is interesting to note that one fairly-new group of believers has its main meeting on a Tuesday.

 Wider area  

 

Letter to Christians Together, 24/10/2011

Feedback:
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Peter Carr 13/11/2011 16:22
"The article to which this thread relates is essentially about the difficulty (strange as it may seem) of finding churches which have a clear grasp of Biblical truth,the exercise of biblical discipline, God's prophetic purposes for our day and an understanding of our times.

Peter Carr 13/11/2011 16:26
"The article to which this thread relates is essentially about the difficulty (strange as it may seem) of finding churches which have a clear grasp of Biblical truth,the exercise of biblical discipline, God's prophetic purposes for our day and an understanding of our times."

Not strange at all. We recently were away for the weekend, and sought out a church for the Sunday morning. The minister's prayers etc seemed evangelical, but despite 2 readings from the NT, the sermon (?) was nothing to do with either of these 2 readings, nor was the sermon based at all on the bible!!!

Iain L (Guest) 13/11/2011 18:16
"ie clappy happy charismaniacs"
Seumas, you do no service to those of your (obvious) persuasion. There are many fine people in the non-charismatic churches who are gracious and polite. The spirit in which you speak belies the faith that you speak for.
Editor 16/11/2011 09:50
This last week I have had another 'out of the blue from someone I didn't know' phone call. This person lives in a small community but is prepared to make a round trip of up to 90 miles to find a spiritual home in which she can be comfortable.
This increasing situation is raising huge questions - both for the individuals concerned and also the churches as a whole.

These people are not 'immature church-hoppers looking for the perfect church'. And they are not as 'Seumus' most unkindly remarked in an earlier post suffering from 'psychological problems'.
Peter Carr 16/11/2011 12:14
Is it time for some to consider alternatives?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerging_church

Pawlo (Guest) 16/11/2011 15:23
Are yor really recommending that movement Tartan?
Peter Carr 16/11/2011 16:03
I am suggesting that 'Church' goes beyond our narrow understanding of it, and that there are increasingly different expressions of church emerging that can no longer be ignored. I trust that you read the entire article?!!
Editor 16/11/2011 17:24
The Emerging/Emergent Church is a very important question.
Could any discussion on this subject please first have a look at the following articles and leave responses on these threads rather than this one. Many thanks. Ed.

http://www.christianstogether.net/Articles/139651/Christians_Together_in/Christian_Life/The_Emerging_Church.aspx

http://www.christianstogether.net/Articles/262376/Christians_Together_in/Christian_Life/Christian_Survival_Resource/Is_there_anything.aspx
Seumas, Tobermory (Guest) 17/11/2011 08:55
Quote:"This person lives in a small community but is prepared to make a round trip of up to 90 miles to find a spiritual home in which she can be comfortable."

45 miles to go to church? That is quite simply ridiculous. Local churches not good enough eh? All "liberal" and Holloway-esque in their theology? Somehow I doubt it.

I stand by original assertion -these people have got major problems. Apart from which this is appallingly bad stewardship - given the price of fuel in the H & I, this must be a significant amount of money over the course of a year.

As usual with these stories, we are given very little detail as to the background of the individual. Something tells me she is NOT a daughter of the croft.... Unless of course she has fallen out with every church in her district (that happens) In which case she's got issues anyway....

Note to Editor - the name is Seumas not "Seumas" - quote marks not required thank you. Next time you step off the Mull ferry, ask for me - you'll find I do exist... thank you.
Editor 17/11/2011 18:27
"Next time you step off the Mull ferry, ask for me - you'll find I do exist... thank you."

Seumas, As I have no current plans to be in Mull, could you contact me please at editor<at sign>christianstogether.net

Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks.

Ed.
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