Finding the Right Church to Join

If you are moving to a new city, one of the most challenging things that you are going to experience is that you have to find a new church. If you had lived in one city for your whole life, and now a couple of decades later you are moving because of work or university, then it means that you have to find a new church. And it means that you will have to give up those comforts that you were so used to enjoying. Even though there are great churches around the country, there is something special about the church where you grew up.

What we suggest is that you look up a list of the churches that are in the city where you are moving. Then you can figure out which one of those churches aligns with the denomination of the church where you live right now. This will give you an understanding of the churches that will have the same or similar values as the church you are a part of currently. We believe this is a great way to find a good match, because you do not want just any church in the area.

Most churches have events and days where you can visit and check out the location and sit in on an event. Whether it is on Sunday or some other day, it will give you a chance to see how things are done at that church. We would encourage you to have these visits at a few churches. You are not always going to find the ideal place at the first time of asking. It is much better to explore the options and bide your time until you find the right fit.

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Understanding Sermons More Effectively

If you are someone that is involved in the church in any way, shape, or form, you may be looking at the wide array of things that can occur as you’re looking at the greater picture of it all. How do you know that you’re doing what is best for your family? Do you know how you can understand what is coming from church pulpits without getting too stressed out or trying to go back and learn the original Hebrew and Greek that the Bible was written in?

There are a few ways that you can make it easier on yourself to learn about sermons and to figure out what is being said and why you need to understand it in more detail. Here are a few tips that you can use.

Take notes. We all know that there are a lot of things that happen during a sermon and, many times, you will be getting a lot of information from the church pulpits, all at once. So, of course, you want to be able to get what is going on. Taking notes doesn’t only help you to retain what is being said, but it will also make it that much easier for you to go ahead and look back to figure out just what was said and if you need to dig deeper into whatever it is that was preached about.

Get involved in discussion groups.  Learning about the things that are being taught in church can get reinforced by talking to people who also listened to the same sermon. That doesn’t only mean that you’re chatting it up, however – there are a lot of ins and outs that go into sermons and, many times, different people are going to focus on different things that were said or explained during the sermon.

Take time to talk with your family. If you have a family or friends that you attend with, make sure that you take some time to talk with them too. It will help to bring your family closer together and, as a result, you will actually feel like you are making progress with the different things that you may be facing in your life on a regular basis. You can work together in order to make sure that your family can live lives that are strong and that are following Christ in a healthy and cohesive manner.

If you still don’t understand, meet with your pastor or priest. If you are concerned or confused about something that you have learned in a sermon, then see if you can take some time to meet with clergy. Not only will this allow you to learn more about them, but you will also be able to get information “straight from the horse’s mouth” so to speak. This can give you peace of mind about what you have been learning and, in the long run, you will feel more confident about how you interpret different things that may come up during sermons.

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How Churches Changed the World

While at first glance the title may seem religiously inspired we are going to take a different look at things and review how churches have benefitted humanity for the last 2,000 years.

  • Offering sanctuary to the oppressed. Churches were seen as the sanctuary of last resort when people were being oppressed or facing the wrath of Mother Nature. Even to this day we can see people flocking to churches and other houses of worship seeking sanctuary from those that would hurt or oppress them.
  • Provides help to the weak, poor and mentally ill. While one of the pillars associated with the Christian faith is to “love thy brother”, the church has been proactively helping people since the time Jesus walked the Earth. People who needed food, shelter, or help could go to the Church and they would receive some type of assistance. The church would also provide help when it came to medical care.
  • Advancement of Science. Some of the most important figures in science were also clergy of the Church. While we are not going to talk about religion, the majority of scientists had a healthy respect for God and set out to explore the natural world. Isaac Newton who observed the effects of gravity by watching apples was a Christian and believed in the story of Adam, Eve, and the apple. A significant number of people in the modern age believe that the church and science do not mix but these individuals are wrong.
  • Instilled a sense of justice. The church strived for justice and would encourage people to be fair to one another. People who had a disagreement would bring it to the clergy who would rule on the matter and once the decision was made, both parties would abide by it. Without the presence of the church, a good portion of the population would fall into anarchy without the church overseeing the enforcement of divine law.

These are just some of the ways the church changed the world, it is by no means a comprehensive list.

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3 Most Popular Churches in the World

If you are interested in church and church designs then you are in the right spot. We have compiled a list of some of the most popular churches in the world. With only three churches, this list is not all-inclusive but touches on some of the more popular churches. The focus on this review will be the physical appearance of the church and not the number of people who attend religious service. Even if you do not follow the Christian faith, these churches really are a sight to behold.

Sagrada Familia

Is situated in Barcelona, it was built in the 1800s but up until now the construction of the church was never completed. This church is a UNESCO world heritage site and should be added to your list of places to visit in Europe.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Located in Moscow Russia, the design of this church is quite distinct. It was built in the middle of the 16th century by order of Ivan the Terrible. This church is also registered as a UNESCO world heritage site and should be viewed at least once in your lifetime.

Notre Dame de Paris

Was the heart of France up until the Industrial Revolution? This cathedral has some of the most impressive towers in all of the world. An interesting fact about this cathedral is it took nearly one hundred years to complete!

We have touched on some of the most popular churches in the world and while these churches are situated in Europe, you will notice that their designs followed the European settlers who migrated to North America. A significant number of the churches in North America borrow their designs from these popular churches in Europe.

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