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MikeDerksen

The Beauty of our Christian traditions

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Hello everybody. I hope you're all doing well. I'm still new to this forum and haven't really interacted much yet, but now that I'm taking a bigger look... wow! So many topics and sections, I could be on here reading and responding all day long. LOL

 

Before I choose something on here to add my 50 cents, and there's a lot of interesting issues being debated for sure, I wanted to ask you all about some input in regard to your specific (or not so specific) Christian tradition, heritage, denomination, etc. - What do you love most about your church? What makes you want to belong to your church? Why this church and not another?

 

I love our Christian traditions. Almost all of them. They all have their own beauty and history. Visiting places and checking out especially historic churches, learn about their history for example... that gets me excited. I love church history and ecclesiology.

 

Well, before I write a novel, and pardon me as I can go on and on, as my profile says, I'm attending a Presbyterian church. I'm attending this church because it is Reformed, i.e. Calvinist, because it is Confessional (Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms), and because it has a liturgy for the Worship Service. This is important to me. But I did not grow up Presbyterian. I grew up Roman Catholic and became a Christian in a Pentecostal (Assemblies of God) church. I love all three traditions still.

 

What about you?

 

Thanks for your input.

 

God bless,

 

Mike

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Brother I enjoy the beauty of Liturgical Christian worship. I believe our traditions give us a sense of continuity with the past, and helps us to know that we are not alone, that through the centuries other Christians were worshiping our Savior just as we are doing now and hopefully passing on to our posterity.

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