Originally Posted by bereancam_46151
I keep asking the Lord at what point do I label myself a hypocrite when attending a worship service or bible study when I don't believe the hermeneutics and/or doctrine being taught as Scripturally accurate?
Have you ever read, 'How to get the most out of a bad sermon' ?
To everyone who has contributed to this thread so far:
Thank-you so much for your contributions. (though my hat still feels empty
Seriously, I read each and ever comment and am really interested how there is this division between those who adhere to a creed & church structure and others who prefer more of a free thinking style of worship. As I mentioned in my opening post, I tend towards the latter. (not saints) However, in direct contradiction to what my heart is telling me I currently am attending a small Baptist Church (in the bush...
The first visit to this quaint country church almost had me in hysterics. Outside were the motley gravestones of former members....inside were pews and seating for at the most 50 - 80 people, and up above seating on a first floor balcony...I guess maybe twenty or so people...there was a ground level pulpit and another for times when this little church was in full attendance. They have two services on a Sunday ... one at 11 am and another at 2.30pm...if you stay you get to have lunch in what I presume is the office area. There is also a Wednesday Bible Study (which I have yet to attend).
The service was a complete reality check. The organist (does not play organ at all), she presses a button and the organ plays the hymn. The hymns are all very old and I have to listen really carefully to get the melody right. They are old but good hymns with a lot of wisdom in them. So far the total compliment has been no more eight, including us.
The sermons have been excellent. It seems this little church gets the cream of the crop from surrounding areas, and not all Baptists...the last sermon was a commentary of John 17 and beautifully opened up by a very grand old man with white hair.
He discussed how we are given to Christ by the Father and broke it up into three basic points:
(1) Patients to a Physician,
(2) Sheep to the Shepherd and
(3) Bride to the Bridegroom.
Of particular interest was how he described the last point, breaking it up into three further points, relating it to marriage (what it should be)
(b) Intimate and
(c) 100% Faithfulness ... so I guess this little sheep is being well fed.