Being a Christian means setting ourselves up for a lifetime of growth that is vital to our spiritual understanding of God and our sense of purpose in this life. A church that isn't operating from a place of love and challenging it's attendees with spiritual growth is not a church, it's a social club with a cross.
The point of following Jesus, of calling yourself a Christian, is to seek a path of continuous personal and communal renewal and revitalization that seeks a personal relationship with God through our interactions with Holy Spirit. In order to achieve this, you can't be alone. You have to be in community with others who are seeking a similar transformation.
That's the point of church. Church is meant to be a spiritual community of people who uplit and encourage one another while at the same time church provides opportunities for people to be vulnerable, step outside one's comfort zone and be challenged in a healthy way. Church is here to help you be a better "You" as you help others be a better "them".
This isn't easy to achieve. Afterall, if being a Jesus follower was easy, the world would be a lot better place by now. The difficulty we all face is that being with other imperfect beings can be frustrating if not downright impossible at times. But if you can't figure out how to live with and grow with people within a safe and loving environment such as a church, then how can one be expected to do it at work or in one's extended family or at school or just out on the street in day-to-day life?
If your church is not a safe and loving environment in which you can safely grow in your understanding of God, without being subjugated to spiritual bullying, then you might not be in the right church. Church is supposed to be that one place where anyone and everyone can come together to know God. In order to do that, it takes intentional and unconditional love.
Love, is something that has to be practiced over and over again. Just when you have it figured out, a curveball is thrown your way and you realize you haven't quite mastered it. Sometimes, life throws us so many love curveballs that we often find that we have to start over from scratch. We don't expect you to get the love thing right everytime because neither do we; all that we ask is that you keep trying to improve and strive to find God's lessons in those moments when you fall short.
While we are far from perfect, and because our smaller size limits what we can offer as far as programs, RBMCC has worked very hard as a community to understand one another's strengths and weaknesses while applying God's love as best as we can in order to offer a church experience that encourages personal spiritual growth through the interactions of diverse people seeking God.
From our fellowship activities to our service ministries to our sermons and Bible studies, we at RBMCC offer a supportive, loving and intentional community of people trying to get it right and leaning on one another for encouragement in the quest to be more like Jesus.
Come visit us and get a feel for this spiritual community, focused on Christ, that is proving week in and week out that the size of one's attendance has nothing to do with the size of one's Spirit!