Our family attends a humble church. Sheridan Drive Baptist Church in Muskegon, Michigan. It is an old building, nothing too attractive from the outside. Actually there is not a lot of architectural beauty from the inside. It sits on the northeast corner of quite a large plot of land. The eastern acreage is wooded, covered with trails. The southern section is an open field, perfect for Sunday School picnic games.
The church my dad grew up in, and I attended until age 9, is what I consider the most beautiful church building in Muskegon, Michigan. It has gorgeous stained glass windows. An amazing pipe organ that I remember my grandma playing. A center aisle that felt a mile long when I was young. I could go on. My husband grew up in what he considers the best church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. I’ll let him tell his own story sometime.
So why do we go to Sheridan Drive Baptist Church? Because without a shadow of a doubt, the Lord led us there.
When our first three daughters were very young we saw a pattern that was happening in fundamental evangelical churches. Many of the youth were falling away from following the Lord Jesus Christ into adulthood. This was happening in what we would consider solid church families. How could that be? We did not want that for our children.
The first change God made in our family was leading us to homeschool. Our decision was based on this verse in I Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”” We saw our girls at a very young age looking to other children and their government school teachers as their guides. They were not with ‘bad company’ at that young age. But we saw very clearly where this tendency could have led.
As you can imagine our family quickly changed. For the better, by drawing closer to the Lord Jesus and closer to each other.
A lovely lady, that taught sewing classes in her basement to homeschool children, began telling us about her church. A church where the youth are expected to serve . We were so curious. So we began bringing our daughters to their AWANA program. Within four months we were attending Sundays and became members four months after that.
That was in 1997. We have deep roots there now. None of us are perfect. A lot of us are hypocrites, we are not ashamed to admit it. It is where we worship, listen to solid Biblical teaching, serve, and learn to more closely follow our Lord Jesus. A place that reminds us of the churches we knew from decades ago when we were children.
Our desire as a church body is to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 And