“I’m Not Sure What to Make of Jesus”

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Each week we give people the opportunity to tell us about their first impressions of Northridge Church through a Connections Card at the bottom of their programs. Recently we received a comment that brought tears to my eyes. When I read it – all I could think is, "This is why I do what I do."

A major goal for our church is to create a Sunday morning environment that our people would want to invite others, and that when those far from God show up – they would feel comfortable and be attracted to us and to Jesus.

Here is what the person said that moved me so much:

"I really like it here. I feel comfortable. Honestly, I still don't know what to make/think of Jesus but I'm starting to understand more and more each time."

I love that! The person still isn't sure about God, but they are learning more about Him and making progress spiritually. This is why we do what we do.

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  1. What happens when that same person stalls in their growth and gets discouraged by the lack of growth and misunderstanding of fellow church goers who question their lack of growth?

  2. Help me understand your question a bit better. What happens when that same person (who doesnt know where they are with Jesus) stalls in their growth? So once they have trusted Christ and then gets discouraged with the lack of growth in themselves and get questioned by others?

    Is that what you mean? Help me understand your question a bit better.

  3. No when they are still struggling with what to think/feel about Jesus. There seems to be a “timeline” of sorts where a person is expected to make a decision for Christ (and I’m certainly using coin phrases I’ve heard as theese terms still make little sense to me). What happens when it doesn’t happen so quickly for someone? Is it not meant to be? The church can go from being comfortably convicting to harshly judgmental in the blink of an eye.

  4. Oh, I see what you are saying. Well, I know we have a lot of people at Northridge in that boat and Id be surprised if that is the description they give about our church. So I cant speak for other churches. But I hope they find us patient and wanting to be helpful to them. I think there is a desperation that Christ-followers begin to have when those they love most stay on the fence too long. Since it is an issue of eternal life and death – that intensity could come across as harshness, but I hope not.

    have you seen that at Northridge?

  5. Sorry I’m not even sure where your church is. Please remind your members that some searchers, for lack of a better word, feel a desperation to know Christ but struggle with great intensity. A drawn out struggle shouldn’t suggest an unwillingness. Thanks so much for your time.

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