my friend's latest post raised a good question, but it got me thinking about my church experience, and why i need the church. check out his post here and then take a look at my response to his post below (i chose not to comment directly on his site because i'm not sure i should be imposing my ideas where they may not be wanted).
i guess from my experience being part of a larger church (the one i'm part of now is well over 600 people) experience gives me (for lack of a better word) a more 'diversified' experience. i love the small group that i'm a part of because that's where i feel like i really get loved and have the opportunity to be discipled further in my journey towards Jesus. but if i hang out with the same small group of people and don't connect with (and i mean really connect, get involved, serve alongside of, and submit myself to the experiences and wisdom of) a larger group of people then my world and discipleship tends to become a little biased. it might not be that way for everyone, but i need the larger (maybe i should be saying broader) church to shake things up for me every now and then.
i'm not saying the smaller gatherings aren't church experiences, i'm just saying i need both of them (large and small), because i see a need for a variety of groups exampled in scripture (Jesus teaching to his "inner 3" and the 12 and the 72 and the 120 and the thousands), and because i know that my brain likes certain types of people and won't grow unless it's rubbed by people that i don't necessarily agree with every now and then.
just my experience. but please, feel free to comment and we'll have a little mini-dialogue about this. i love to be challenged on ideas.
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