10 Reasons Why I'm Thankful for My Home Church

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For the past couple of weeks, I've been thinking a lot about the church I was reached through and how much I am indebted to that great place. If it weren't for God's grace, my parents, my pastors, and the church members, who knows where I'd be. Have you thought about that lately? Where would you be if you were never reached, or if your parents were never reached through your home church? Who would you be married to, if you never were saved? What would you be doing if you were never invited to church? Your whole life would be different. Not just a little different, you would literally be a WHOLE different person. It's crazy to think about all the what ifs! I start getting very thankful when I sit and think about where I'd be if it wasn't for my home church.

But, there are a lot of people that leave their home churches after they turn 18. They move away and head off to college, and go on to find their own beliefs. Some, stay in the same type of church, others, leave church altogether. Many, are still searching to find what church is right for them.

But this post is for the 20-somethings who were reached in a good Bible-believing church.
Don't slap the hand that fed you.
When I say that, I mean don't forget who helped you have the good life you have today. Of course God is the reason we have everything we have, but also don't get too big for the people who influenced you and invested in your life. You didn't get where you are by your own doing. Your parents, your Pastors, your Pastor's wives, your teachers, your deacons, all had a part in making you into YOU. No matter where you go in life, always remember that and stay thankful for the church that reached you and your family.

I wrote down 10 reasons why I am thankful for my home church. I hope this is an encouragement to you. I hope when you go back to your hometown that you visit your home church and thank the people who have invested in your life. I try to always write my home Pastor and his wife to remind them that I am still thankful for their investment in my life. They always give all the glory to God, as they should, but I still like to give honor to whom honor is due. (Romans 13:7)

I am thankful that my church taught me how to…

1. Be saved. Obviously the most important decision any one can ever make is to know that they are on their way to Heaven. I am eternally grateful to my Pastor's wife, who shared the gospel with me as a 10 year old girl.

2. Walk with God. After I was saved, I was taught by my Youth Pastor how to have a personal relationship with God. I was given devotions, bible reading schedules, prayer lists, and so many tools that helped me learn how to talk to God on a daily basis.

3. Win Souls. When I was 15, my Youth Pastor's wife took me out door to door soul-winning with her, and taught me how to share the Gospel with people. I was so excited to learn how to help people know how to go to Heaven. When I went to Bible college, I was thankful I was taught how to win people to the Lord.

4. Surrender to God's Will. When I was in 10th grade, I felt like God wanted me to serve Him full time. I am so thankful I was taught how to surrender my own selfish dreams and follow God.

5. Influence Others. When I was a teenager, I caught the heart beat of my Pastor and Youth Pastor which was to change lives. I didn't want to just win people to the Lord, I wanted to learn how to disciple them to do the same, Go, Win, Baptize, and Teach.

6. Stay Pure. In the Youth Group, I heard so many sermons on purity. I am so thankful that I was taught that my body was meant to be saved for my husband and ONLY him. I never would have been able to walk down the aisle in a white dress if it wasn't for my church teaching me what the Bible says about purity.

7. Have a Heart for Missions. When I was 15 and 18, I got the opportunity to go on two missions trips. I went to Romania and Thailand. Those trips forever changed my life. I am still thankful for the experiences.

8. Have a Good Marriage. Growing up, I had many great examples of Godly marriages to learn from. I believe that is one reason why I have a phenomenal marriage now.

9. Tithe. When I received my first paycheck, I was excited to give my 10% back to God. I am thankful I was taught that tithing is not a terrible chore, but instead it's a chance for me to show God how much I love him and an opportunity to lay up treasures in Heaven.

10. Use My Talents for God's Glory. I am thankful my music director taught me how to use my talents of singing for the glory of God.

If you had/have a church that is still teaching you all of the above items, you should praise God today! Not many churches in the world teach you these VERY necessary things!

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  1. This is wonderful! Churches are such crucial places for growth! Thankfully, I learned those things at church too and have a great church to attend now where I can be part of passing those principles to others.

  2. If I could have another daughter...pretty sute I'd choose you! I love your spirit, Lauren. You are doing good work!

  3. Thanks, Lauren! I loved every bit of this! I, too, am thankful for the church I grew up in, and I don't ever want to forget how much I owe the good people who influenced me. Thank you for the reminder!

  4. Must say, that this is awesome. I left my home church due to many problems with leadership, but after reading this, I am going to journal great things that I have learned. Despite leaving the church and attending another, I have learned several things from my home church. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Such an amazing post! I wish I'd waited for marriage. I'm marrying the man of my dreams April 26th, and I wish I could say he was my first and last. My church has lost a lot of members (the younger ones relocated, and the older ones are dying off, sadly), but I remember the days when it was more lively. I want to do so much of what you've listed, but the opportunity hasn't presented itself yet. Maybe someday. :)

  6. Thanks for this post. I a day and age where people are questioning their churches and beleifs, I am glad there are still people who stand firm in theirs. I too am grateful for the church and pastors and family that he allowed me to grow up with and now my family. I am grateful for a wonderful church that I can serve in as a SS teacher to 1st grade girls and use my talents for him. I am trying to pass that on to my girls. Thanks for the great reminder. :D

  7. Love your sentiment, Lauren! I'm so thankful for my upbringing and the values taught by my parents and the church. Because it is all I know, I just don't understand how people have much of a foundation in life without it.


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