There was a season (a couple of years ago) where I sensed that I had a taste of the church that Jesus is building. It was different than any of my experiences in Institutional Church, House Church, or Organic Church.
I met a Hispanic immigrant that I worked with here in the U.S. that my dad hired to do carpentry and construction work to help us fix up an old run down house.
One day he expressed to me that he was unsatisfied with the Institutional Church and asked me what was wrong with churches these days. He first tried to ask some easier questions and I could tell he was trying to feel out the situation before dropping a big bombshell question that could be considered too controversial for some people. I went with it because I was eager for this kind of conversation also.
I shared what I had observed about IC’s, and why I left the IC as well. I even found a few free e-books in Spanish that I could download. I gave him the e-books in Spanish on a flash-drive that I bought, so he could read them on his laptop computer at his home.
He started by reading the Spanish version of “So you don’t want to go to church anymore”, and he said he loved it, and that it really touched his heart, and seemed to say the same things he was thinking. He said it was so good that he read a lot of it the night before, and he couldn’t put it down, and he just kept reading late into the night. He said that it made his heart feel good that other people had noticed the same things that he had noticed.
We had many good conversations on this subject matter for nearly a year.
He even noticed, that next to the house we worked on, was a Hispanic woman that cooked and sold Hispanic style food, and we both ate lunch at her house several times.
I invited the guy to start a House Church with me, but he declined, and it seemed like he didn’t feel God leading him in that direction at the time. Instead he liked to visit other IC’s from time to time in order to see what other different churches were like.
Eventually, the guy couldn’t seem to find any more good paying jobs here in my area, and he moved back to Miami. I miss the guy a lot. I also miss our good conversations that were totally open, honest, and where we felt free to say whatever we felt we wanted to say. We also had a good mutual acceptance of each other.
I guess you could say that Jesus made this happen, because it didn’t happen by any of my efforts…
At this current time, I get very little fellowship with other people that understand Fathers love. However, I do have 1 friend that understands Fathers love (we both left the same contemporary IC), but he lives an hour away, and due to his busy work schedule we rarely get to see each other.
Lenny in Sims, NC