Sometimes assumptions are great. Much of day to living rely’s on assumptions about our safety and the outcome of various actions just to get through the day. For example, you can safely assume that if you do no work and don’t go to lectures you won’t pass uni! Many things ‘just are’.
Lots of times, though, assumptions are bad. Assuming someone likes country music when they’re from Tamworth, for example, is bad. You’ll get the wrong idea about someone or something if you assume too much. You think you know when you don’t.
Lots of people do this with Jesus and church. They think they know what’s it’s like and what’s He’s on about, but they have the wrong idea.
For example, people, even people who’ve grown up as a christian, think being a christian is about being good. ‘If I can meet the standards set by the bible, I’ll be saved’. Nope, the opposite: ‘ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.’ (Ephesians 2:8-9). Nothing you do can save you – only by trust in what Jesus has already done can we be saved.
Or how about this one? ‘Science has disproved the Bible – I have to choose between christianity and rationality’. This is as common as mud, but it’s also untrue – God has made an ordered world in which is science is possible. Science and the bible answer different sets of questions.
So it really is great to have you at church, and I trust you’ll find a warm welcome, encouragement and maybe some challenge of your current views as well. Your intellect is welcome – don’t leave it at the door! Asking questions is great as well. Just be ready to have some of you assumptions busted!
Church on Sunday is a good place for all of that, but church is a community that extends through the week. There are opportunities to explore, connect and grow through the year in bible studies, camps and other special events.
If you’re new to town I’d encourage you to jump in to one of our smaller groups: you’ll learn lots and find great friendship.