Top 10 Reasons Not To Join Our Church…

  1. You don’t get to leave after every sermon feeling good about yourself. You often will leave encouraged and strengthened for your week. But, you often will leave with a lot to think about and study on your own throughout the week. You may even desire repentance from sinful attitudes and actions.
  2. You don’t get to hear the sermons in the same way you may be used to. It’s frequently verse by verse, maybe not even be directly relevant to your current situation. You will be exposed to doctrinal teaching.
  3. You don’t get to be entertained. We have no desire to entertain you. We hope you enjoy worship with us, but our main desire is for God to be honored by our services. Our service is longer than the average church service, more serious than the average church service, and thoroughly Christ-focused as opposed to man-centered.
  4. You don’t get to go to church every weeknight for programs. We don’t have them. We meet together on Sunday mornings for Bible Study at 9:30am,  worship at 10:30am, evening Bible study at 6:00pm, and Wednesday night activities, with an emphasis on Children/Youth at 6:15pm. We don’t have other programs and have no plans to begin any. We have a simple philosophy to church.
  5. You don’t get to be ‘lost in the crowd’. We tend to have accountability to one another. We enjoy authentic relationships. We want to get to know you, warts and all. We encourage one another, exhort one another, rebuke and reprove one another, cry with one another, and celebrate with one another.
  6. You don’t get to hear social commentary. Sermons are mostly biblical and serious. We don’t tell lots of stories or jokes. We want to study God’s word in-depth.
  7. We’re not considered ‘seeker-friendly’. Our services are primarily designed for the glory of God and the discipling of Christians. As we preach and teach the gospel in this way, we believe people will be come to Christ; but we don’t focus on those who don’t believe. Be warned: we will use words like sin, punishment, wrath, Hell, judgment, repentance, etc…
  8. You’re asked to apply the sermons to your life. We will ask you to participate in worship by preparing yourself to worship, engaging your mind in the words of the songs we sing, contemplating the Scripture being read, praying along with prayers be lead, attentively listening to and thinking through the message being preached, and applying God’s word in your specific situation throughout the week.
  9. You’re asked to attend services regularly, to support your elders/pastors in prayer, and give sacrificially to the advance of the Gospel. Our church isn’t all about you. You have responsibilities as part of our church.
  10. You will experience conviction of sin with regularity. You will hear the gospel proclaimed unapologetically. You will study the Bible thoughtfully.

Adapted from a message by Dr. James R. White on The Voice of Sovereign Grace radio program.

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