Authentic Friendships Help Healthy Choices
“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.” (James 5:16 MSG)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Evan has known only a couple of churches in his life. He and I drove by PCBC the other day and he said he remembered it, even though he was only 4 when we moved away. He knows First Redeemer where we have spent 6 years and he is involved now. And he has grown up experiencing several times a year my family’s church I knew growing up, Union Grove.
These are three very different churches. The first one when we attended, I am guessing, had attendance in the 700-1000 range each Sunday. FRC has almost 5000 members, and runs a larger Sunday average. And lastly, Union Grove is a little country church that runs less then 100 on any given Sunday.
Evan will tell you he likes them for different reasons. He likes the big churches because of all the young people his age he can hang out with. He likes the bigger churches because of all the things they offer to help us grow in our Christian walk. He likes the music and even the quality of the music. And he likes all the events they have for the youth.
Evan also likes little bitty Union Grove, attendance last Sunday probably 57. He doesn’t like it for their quality of music. They have 12 in the choir, and if everyone shows up, a piano and an organ. He doesn’t like it for the number of young people, because its basically our kids, and their 2 cousins. He doesn’t like it for the things they offer, because they don’t have the ability to do a lot.
He likes it because everyone there knows him. Everyone there loves him. Everyone there cares for him and many of them pray for him. He loves it because of its authenticity. When it was time to get baptized, Evan chose the tiny Union Grove over our mega-church. There is just a sweet, sweet spirit there that permeates throughout the small congregation.
When I sit and think about it, Union Grove with its tiny size, has more of the feeling of a Sunday School class (some Sundays we have more in our class then they do in church). With that intimate size you have many of the qualities a Bible study group would have, with prayer requests being made known, food being taken to the sick, and a lot of focus on the individual.
Basically loving on each other like Jesus told us to.
He wants our love and concern to be authentic, because His was!….
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16)