Many factors in the past have influenced my relationship with God and continue to do so daily. I first learned to be a Christian from my parents. They took me to Sunday School and “preaching” on Sunday mornings when I was young. They made sure I was involved in the youth group and children’s and youth choirs while growing up. They taught me to say a blessing before every meal, and they laugh when I still occasionally break into our traditional “God is great, God is good .
Everyone in my family that I know, is aware where to find records on their baptism. As I stated before a lot of the things I find connected to baptism has to do with traditions and certain validations into the believers life as a Christian but it does not have any impact in salvation which is the most important part of a human being. I really learned a lot doing this paper on this topic. I still have questions regarding the beliefs of the Catholic Church concerning this topic but this is not a paper on Catholic theology. Maybe some other time I will look more deeply into that topic.
The heroes, although they would struggle would be rewarded by God and triumph in the end. The villains would be punished and would either change and become good or continue to suffer from their misdeeds. At this time I did not perceive the Bible to be anything more than a mystical and wonderful collection of stories. As I grew into my teen years my parents moved to a small rural area which had an older established church in it. We began attending this church rather sporadically, however this where I got my first real taste of organized religion.
Yet as the class went on I came to realize how hollow my philosophy was, having one aspect and one aspect alone, I completely neglected the role that the Bible, God’s Word, affects our worship. In all actuality, as worship leaders we need to be just as familiar with the bible as a churches pastor. How can we lead other people to worship and hear the word of the Lord if we are not spending everyday growing closer to God through the Bible and prayer? In the book Return to Worship it stresses that worship is not a simple act but a lifestyle and this is the main factor that changed my philosophy. Even though, my philosophy prior to the class revolved around worshipping anywhere at anything with anything, my view of worship was one-sided enough that I believed it simply consisted of a short prayer said here or there.
When I was, almost robotically, participating in the Eucharist as a young child I didn’t feel what I saw in my mother’s eyes. She felt love and peace when she was at church. Until I learned to understand what was happening, that was when I actually had my first experience or manifestation of faith. From then on I wanted to be at church to be part of this experience and community. Praying before leaving the house or going to bed began to feel the experience I had at church.
I sometimes reminisce back to when my father would sing Amazing Grace with me and my mother would teach me Bible stories. Together, my parents were my Sunday School teachers from third to sixth grade. I loved going to church as a family: my sister, my parents, and myself included. My sister, two cousins, and I even formed a singing group at my church in honor of my grandmother, Minnie (we were called “The Minnie Maberrys”) Needless to say, my family has been an integral part of my faith. I have sought encouragement from them and the wisdom they have instilled in me will remain with me for a lifetime.
I grew up in a Christian home and my parents were very good about instilling Christian dogmas and doctrines into my mind from a young age. That being said, I most likely first heard the word theology from them, but I cannot remember the specific instance since I was only a mere child. If I did not in fact hear it from them first, the only other likely option would be that I heard the term while attending church. My parents played the biggest part in exposing me to theology in my house. Most nights when I was younger they would read me stories from the Bible, they would always discuss with my brothers and I what we learned in Sunday school after church and they played a major role in helping me attend extracurricular activities like small
Throughout the experience at this church I felt like the word of the God was speaking directly towards me. I am a realist meaning I believe everything happens for a reason or I see things exactly the way they are. The style of church was a revivalist church, which means it was heavy in singing and sermon. I chose this style because when I was younger and forced to attend church we would always have to attend there. The service represent people from all different backgrounds coming together to praise God, which is why I believed I liked it so much.
I went to church every Wednesday and Sunday growing up, and I knew nothing different. I loved having a community/culture that will never go away. It taught me how to always put people first, and then worry about myself. The morals and beliefs I was raised on are things that I am really grateful for. I love to say yes, I grew up in a church and my parents did not force me to go.
I grew up in the church but, did not truly understand the bible or Christian way of living until I was an adult. I also had grown to believe that I did not need people so when life got hard instead of turning to my church for support I turned inward and tried to solve things. One day in church this bible verse was louder than the rest “for where two or more are gathered in in my name, there am I with them” Mathew 18:20. I knew that was God talking to be. I sought out the pastor’s wife, asked for prayer and joined a women’s bible study.