Jim Lehmer, at Lord I Believe, Help My Unbelief has posed the following question:
“If you attend a church (traditional, house church, pub church, whatever), name three things you genuinely like about it. If you don’t have a place you call “church” right now then name three things that if you see them in a gathering will tell you that you’ve finally found what you’re looking for.”
Last week, during my long drive I thought about this question and came up with these three things that I genuinely like about the church I currently attend:
1. There are people who have a heart for God
This has nothing to do with a person’s theological perspective but rather an attitude that recognizes life is about God and His kingdom. It shows itself when people put God’s preferences before their own.
2. There are people who have a heart for worship which shows itself through singing worshipful songs
It doesn’t particular matter how well they sing/play or what they sing though generally these people like to sing newer songs, probably because one of the ways God speaks to His church is by bring it new songs.
3. There are people who have a heart for the lost
These people will commit to praying for those who don’t have a relationship with God and will seek ways to build relationships with them.
Of course some of the people are in all three categories which isn’t surprising because they tend to overlap. Others are in none and that’s ok too.