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Lexilogio

Exploring Christianity

I've found my journey round other churches in the Deanery to be inspiring. And its opened my son's eyes.

In it, we have also talked about other Christian churches, eg:
"We haven't been to that church, Mum"
"Oh, that's a Catholic church"

But my family has close ties to Catholicism. So I kind of feel that I should give him a chance to go and see one.
But why just Catholic? What of other Christian churches? Although I've explored other Christian churches before - there are many I have never been into. Would going benefit my son? Or would it be exposing him to any teachings I find are... hmmm, not in keeping with my ethical view of the world? This is about enabling him to think about what he would want in a church, and what he thinks should be in a church.

So hear is a thread. Which Christian churches would you recommend?

So far, I'm thinking (within CofE) taking him to York Minster to see the Archbishop preach.
External to Cof E)
Catholic
Quaker
Greek Orthodox
Might do Baptist - there is a nice one not too far which I went to for a funeral


In the area are also Pentecostal, JW, Christadelphian, and probably more!
Derek

Re: Exploring Christianity

Lexilogio wrote:
I've found my journey round other churches in the Deanery to be inspiring. And its opened my son's eyes.

In it, we have also talked about other Christian churches, eg:
"We haven't been to that church, Mum"
"Oh, that's a Catholic church"

But my family has close ties to Catholicism. So I kind of feel that I should give him a chance to go and see one.
But why just Catholic? What of other Christian churches? Although I've explored other Christian churches before - there are many I have never been into. Would going benefit my son? Or would it be exposing him to any teachings I find are... hmmm, not in keeping with my ethical view of the world? This is about enabling him to think about what he would want in a church, and what he thinks should be in a church.

So hear is a thread. Which Christian churches would you recommend?

So far, I'm thinking (within CofE) taking him to York Minster to see the Archbishop preach.
External to Cof E)
Catholic
Quaker
Greek Orthodox
Might do Baptist - there is a nice one not too far which I went to for a funeral


In the area are also Pentecostal, JW, Christadelphian, and probably more!


As an ex-Mormon I would caution you about going there. Not because of anything unethical, no, but because they latch onto you. They are too welcoming almost smothering. They will see you as a potential candidate for baptism and compete with each other for your attention. If you tell them where you live they will come a knocking in the hope that they can teach the gospel to you, well, the missionaries anyway. All fine, I suppose, if you do not mind being the centre of attention, I don't.

I have always wanted to go to a JW church to see, first hand, what all the fuss is about. I am put off as apparently you get the same overwhelming welcome from them as you do from the Mormons. From your sons perspective, I am convinced that he would like both churches.

What I reassuring warmth it brings to ones bosom to read that you take your son to church. My wife takes our grandchildren, my son no longer goes, however, we brought them up as Christians and I am glad we did, They are all successful, in their own fields, and they are all stable. I do not think that a one off would effect your son either. He seem like a sensible lad who has the capacity to determine for himself what is right and what is wrong. It must be quite an experience for him to try the goods of different denominates though. Nice to here this amidst confrontation and revelry.
Ketty

There's a reason why there are many flavours of Christianity and varying ways of 'doing' Church and it's great to explore them until one finds 'home'.  However Lexi, I would counsel you to be discerning in that activity.  Sometimes it may say 'Christian' on the tin, but the contents may be different.
Jim

Re: Exploring Christianity

Lexi'
I doubt whether one would regard JWs or Christadelphians as Christian Churches.
Given that, I think a broadening of the horizons is always welcome.
Try a Christian Church which is out of your comfort zone - indepependant, evangelical, Pentecostal, R.C - whatever.
If ypou are given a welcome in Christ's name. stay for worship.
If not, do what Jesus says and wipe the dust from your feet.
A faith journey is always exciting and interesting.
At least, when I've tried it, it has been.
I wish you joy on the road!
Lexilogio

Ta.

I'd never even heard of Christadelphians - so have no idea what would be there.
trentvoyager

Quote:
Christadelphians


They're lovely in a vase with some ferns.
Lexilogio

trentvoyager wrote:
Quote:
Christadelphians


They're lovely in a vase with some ferns.


 

I can't be the only one confused by some of these signs with a new "type" of Christianity though?

I was listening to a podcast about the Taipai rebellion the other night - I hadn't realised that the rebellion was led by a guy who basically wrote his own version of Christianity - which was distinctly off on some counts, but took things back to the Early Church on others.
Ketty

trentvoyager wrote:
Quote:
Christadelphians


They're lovely in a vase with some ferns.


I remember you saying that they're one of your favourites.  
Jim

Lexi:
Try http://victhevicar.blogspot.co.uk...tian-brands-christadelphians.html
Ketty

Lexilogio wrote:
I can't be the only one confused by some of these signs with a new "type" of Christianity though?

I was listening to a podcast about the Taipai rebellion the other night - I hadn't realised that the rebellion was led by a guy who basically wrote his own version of Christianity - which was distinctly off on some counts, but took things back to the Early Church on others.


Precisely the reason for my word of caution Lexi.  I guess that's one reason why we're told to have the Scriptures written on our hearts - and to have the discernment which comes from the Holy Spirit.  That's fine for those who are born again in Christ Jesus in Spirit and in Truth, but sadly it means danger for those unsuspecting innocents.
Derek

Ketty wrote:
Lexilogio wrote:
I can't be the only one confused by some of these signs with a new "type" of Christianity though?

I was listening to a podcast about the Taipai rebellion the other night - I hadn't realised that the rebellion was led by a guy who basically wrote his own version of Christianity - which was distinctly off on some counts, but took things back to the Early Church on others.


Precisely the reason for my word of caution Lexi.  I guess that's one reason why we're told to have the Scriptures written on our hearts - and to have the discernment which comes from the Holy Spirit.  That's fine for those who are born again in Christ Jesus in Spirit and in Truth, but sadly it means danger for those unsuspecting innocents.


It is not so much the scriptures that are written on out hearts it is the commandments, principles and precepts. Those things that make us hold our chests when ever a good morals manifests itself in front of us. That feeling of guilt within our bosom every time that we contravene a commandment. It is said that we all have the commandments written on our hearts and not just a selected people or denomination. That is why we can all come to a sure and certain knowledge of God, the Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. The Godhead, as written in scripture, separate and distinct.

Hebrews 8:10

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
Lexilogio

Jim wrote:
Lexi:
Try http://victhevicar.blogspot.co.uk...tian-brands-christadelphians.html


Ooh - that was useful - thanks.

Not keen on the isolation idea. I'm always wary about any group that wants to keep its service "exclusive".

My interpretation of "Christian" appears to be broader than the authors, but I would reserve judgement. I wouldn't necessarily peg them as "Christian".

I should add by the way - I'm not looking for an organisation to join here, I think I've probably found the church we will go to. I just thought it would be interesting to see how other churches do things.
Ketty

Ralph2 wrote:

It is not so much the scriptures that are written on out hearts . . .


Speak for yourself "Ralph".  
Ketty

Lexilogio wrote:
I should add by the way - I'm not looking for an organisation to join here, I think I've probably found the church we will go to. I just thought it would be interesting to see how other churches do things.


It is interesting.  I usually get another 'flavour' when I'm on my holidays.  Wherever I've been the people are always welcoming and friendly, but the worst services, for me, have been CofE . . .  far too dry and formulaic for me - but I appreciate that others find comfort in that.
Derek

Ketty wrote:
Ralph2 wrote:

It is not so much the scriptures that are written on out hearts . . .


Speak for yourself "Ralph".  


You might not have noticed the scripture reference I left corroborating what I said. It is not what I say it is what the bible says. Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
LeClerc

Re: Exploring Christianity

Hi Lexi

Lexilogio wrote:

So hear is a thread. Which Christian churches would you recommend?


I would try and arrange a meeting with the Elders of the local assembly of believers in Messiah, Y’shua, to discern what they believed and what they taught first.

For example one question would be

Turning to

1 Corinthians 15
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.

Do you believe and teach what Paul wrote and what are the scriptures to which Paul refers ?

Regards

LeClerc
Ketty

Ralph2 wrote:
[blah blah]


Speak for yourself Ralph.  
cyberman

Re: Exploring Christianity

Lexilogio wrote:

teachings I find are... hmmm, not in keeping with my ethical view of the world?


OK, I'll bite...

Which teachings do you mean, Lexi?
Lexilogio

Re: Exploring Christianity

cyberman wrote:
Lexilogio wrote:

teachings I find are... hmmm, not in keeping with my ethical view of the world?


OK, I'll bite...

Which teachings do you mean, Lexi?


Oh that? JW teachings about blood transfusions.
Powwow

Let me know if you find a JW Christmas service Lexi. (smiley face)
Jim

She would have if she had a TARDIS...'Cose the Russelites were quite happy with Christmas before 1925.....
Lexilogio

pow wow wrote:
Let me know if you find a JW Christmas service Lexi. (smiley face)


Lol - won't be going there!

Christmas we are going to go to a village church about 15 minutes drive away. Its a small congregation, but really charming, and both my son and I felt at home there.

Do they not celebrate Christmas? That's a bit odd.
Jim

Give 'em a few years and the Watchtower will change its mind again, Lexi!

Actually, I think some very exclusive Bretheren churches don't do Christmas either.
I'll be attending my own kirk during Christmas tide.
I'm conducting the service on the Sunday after Christmas, and the first Sunday of 2014, with the worship team, as the minister's on holiday.
Derek

Jim wrote:
Give 'em a few years and the Watchtower will change its mind again, Lexi!

Actually, I think some very exclusive Bretheren churches don't do Christmas either.
I'll be attending my own kirk during Christmas tide.
I'm conducting the service on the Sunday after Christmas, and the first Sunday of 2014, with the worship team, as the minister's on holiday.


What on earth is Christmas tide?
Jim

Archaic church speak, Ralph;
Eastertide, Passiontide...that kind of stuff.
I occasionally slip into it when I let my guard down.
Lexilogio

Jim wrote:
Give 'em a few years and the Watchtower will change its mind again, Lexi!

Actually, I think some very exclusive Bretheren churches don't do Christmas either.
I'll be attending my own kirk during Christmas tide.
I'm conducting the service on the Sunday after Christmas, and the first Sunday of 2014, with the worship team, as the minister's on holiday.


Lol.It is all interesting of course.

I kind of wish I could take him up north to a C of S and a Wee Free service. I understand Scottish religion so much easier.

Which reminds me. I must take him to a Sally Anne Service too. I'm not overly keen, but the intent behind them is always good. They do a lot of good works.
Jim

Oh, there isn't too much separating a "Wee Free" service from many CofS services nowadays, Lexi.
A special General Assembly held around this time of year three years back allowed hymns to be sung in Free Church services for the first time!
A very good friend of mine is a Free Kirk minister, David Robertson, and he has an excellent apologetics resource which he runs:

http://www.solas-cpc.org/

Mind you, if you're talking about attending a Wee Free service in Gaelic, that adds whole new realms to the term "numb bum!
I've sat through one - on Stornoway - and the two-hour long service was not helped by the sermon being one hour long....
cyberman

Ralph2 wrote:
Jim wrote:
Give 'em a few years and the Watchtower will change its mind again, Lexi!

Actually, I think some very exclusive Bretheren churches don't do Christmas either.
I'll be attending my own kirk during Christmas tide.
I'm conducting the service on the Sunday after Christmas, and the first Sunday of 2014, with the worship team, as the minister's on holiday.


What on earth is Christmas tide?


It's English.

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