This past week I was drawn into a discussion with a co-worker about what I first perceived was a query into a search for a new church home. Although  the conversation began with identifying geographical locations of area churches, I soon realized that the direction of our talk was being guided toward church selection based on doctrinal interpetation by denominational belief. The word Labels popped into my mind.

Labels are a significant and important part of our daily lives. They help us identify products, places, and services. With the use of labels we are provided necessary information to minimalize our searches and guide us in our selections. My quest for petrol on an flashing fuel guage would not find much resolution by looking for businesses labeled Pharmacy. Identifying food products in the local grocery store would be fruitless without labels attached to the product. Searching a directory for plumbers would be of little help when in need of a haircut. Labels are important. We use them daily.

Labeling can also be puzzling when allowed to mutate into generalizations without discernment. I return again to the conversation about doctrinal denominational beliefs. After the word Label entered my mind I quickly chose to state my view that being guided by Labels alone in church selection could impede the search. Wisdom and discernment from the Holy Spirit and Scripture would provide the better guide not always found in generalized labels. I found agreement in that statement from my co-worker. It also provided a closing point to a pointed conversation.

Galatians 3:26-29  ” For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For as many {of you} as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ. There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham's Seed], then you are Abraham’s offspring and [spiritual] heirs acording to promise.” AMP

I do like labels. I use them everyday. I would find daily activity very difficult without them. I don’t use Labels very often when seaching for a church to visit. Now that word of caution comes into play. I will through wisdom and discernment of Scripture and agreement of the Holy Spirit avoid and eliminate churches not founded in the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I, you should only be in fellowship with others that are in Christ as He presented Himself, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by Me.” John 14:6

There are many churches out there and in my geographical area that present Christ as He presented Himself. Amazingly enough, most of them have Labels on their sign out front inviting you to come and join them in the worship of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I usually read the invitation and worship times, very rarely will I read the Label.



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