Copyright notice: I have modified this only slightly from the post over at 5 pt. Salt, from a sermon by Dr. James White.
Dr. White gives the “tell it like it is” reasons why, if you are shopping for a local Christian fellowship, and thinking along the lines of the mainstream evangelical church, you may want to dismiss a Reformed Baptist Church — and our Home Church (which is not Reformed Baptist).
- You don’t get to leave after every sermon feeling good about yourself. You may even (*gasp*) desire repentance.
- 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 relevant to your current situation.
- You don’t get to be entertained. We don’t want to entertain you.
- You don’t get to go to church every weeknight for programs. We don’t have ‘em, and we don’t think you should dump your kids in a room for babysitting (however it is disguised).
- You don’t get to be ‘lost in the crowd’. We tend to have accountability to one another.
- You don’t get to hear social commentary. Sermons are mostly biblical and serious.
- We’re not considered ‘seeker-friendly’. Here we differ from Dr. White a bit in theology, but the principle point stands: We don’t believe that is the purpose of a worship service, nor do we believe in compromising the message to make it ‘appealing’ to unbelievers.
- You’re asked to apply the sermons to your life.
- You’re asked to attend services regularly, to support your elders in prayer, and give sacrificially to the advance of the Gospel.
- You will experience conviction of sin with regularity. You will also be frequently reminded of vital doctrines, without compromise.
The details are very well laid-out by Dr. White, and clarify these points greatly. I highly recommend that you go and listen to the whole message: Click here.
It’s nice to hear a pastor spell out so many of the things we feel strongly about!