Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thoughts on a New Church

Mark and I attended the membership class today at City Bible Church.

Wow. It was beyond incredible! We were so blessed, and are so excited to make this our church home. The Holy Spirit is there, leading his people and there is an incredible vision there that we are excited to be a part of. I won't lie, though, there were parts of the class that I felt sadness. One of the pastors talked about old Italian bridges made of stone, and how each stone has a place and the bridge isn't as strong as it should be if a stone is out of place. The church is like that bridge, and sometimes stones aren't in their right place. They could be not attending at all, attending but not in ministry, or just in the wrong ministry and this prevents them from being used to their fullest potential, but also prevents the church from being as strong and useful as it can be. The pastor said that God moves stones and shifts things around, and that's wonderful, but stones aren't supposed to move themselves.

I thought a lot about Believers during the analogy. We loved being there, and it will always have a special place in our hearts. We can rest assured that we didn't move ourselves from there, that God did the moving, but I still wish that we could be a part of what is going on there. We believe in the vision of the church, we LOVE the people there, and still miss being a part of what God is doing. I guess that means we went to the right church, huh? Anyway, it made me excited for Heaven, where there won't be a 3000 mile gap between us and our fellow Believers (and all of our other friends spread here, there and everywhere), where we can praise God together again EVERY MINUTE of our heavenly lives.

We are so excited to see how the Lord is moving in our lives, and here in Portland. Being a part of a local church is such great thing. I encourage you, if you're not a part of a local church, find one that fits your needs, your lifestyle (we love Saturday night services now!) and get involved!

I'm working on a post (it's taking a loooooong time) about where we've been, where we're going and how everything seems interconnected. CBC is a part of that. I can't wait to share with you how I feel God is taking these parts of our lives that made little to no sense at the time, and is weaving them into this beautiful tapestry of our lives. Hopefully that post will come soon, but we'll see.

For now, I am just so happy to be here. I know that I'm where I'm supposed to be, and doing what I'm supposed to be doing. Ahhh, such a great feeling.

Love to you all,