Whether you are just visiting for a short time or seeking out a church family, Swan Creek Community Church hopes you find a spiritual home.  Building a spiritual home nurtures your relationship with Jesus Christ.  We welcome you as a body of Christ, a church family with open arms.  Welcome!

For those with a spiritual home, consider what it means to love one another, to control discernment, and to point others to their spiritual home, as Christ Jesus would do.

 

'Discernment' is sometimes used as a catch-word for speaking against others (as with some 'discernment ministries'), or to defeat them in a struggle for power or influence, or just to pick at them until they quit or retreat. Discerning eyes look for whether something that's labeled 'discernment' is done from love, or whether it just is a clanging gong or a noisy cymbal. Jesus didn't call us to love ideas, he called us to love people. John put it as bluntly as he could :

"One who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (I John 4:8)

When discerning, the Christian must keep in mind why he/she is doing it. Ask yourself, "If I raise this issue, how am I pointing people to Christ? How am I helping them grow in the Spirit? In what way am I loving them?" If there's no answer to those questions, or if you have to stretch far and wide to come up with a complicated or weak answer, then it's best not to speak. Indeed, it's time to focus on listening, because it may be your time to learn.

 

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