After numerous invitations, my family and I found it convenient to attend a Church of the Nazarene with some friends. Previously I felt that I just didn't need God or any changes in my life. But as my son grew, I decided church was probably a good place for him. So we went together.
I was surprised by the people I met there. They didn't match my stereotyped expectations of church people: sad-faced old folks with nothing but rules hanging over their heads. How strange to see lots of young and robust people laughing and enjoying each other and enthusiastically greeting my family. Then the children's minister swooped our son from us and spirited him in with the other children. The friendly visiting with other Nazarenes continued until we entered the sanctuary for the start of the worship service. The choir sang with true joy like they really got into the music, and the preacher seemed really to believe the words he was saying. Although he did not know me, I felt he was speaking directly to me when he challenged us to put away our prejudices and stop being judgmental.
At home that night, our son asked why we didn't say prayers before going to bed or grace at the dinner table. I knew then that my son was being exposed to something at that Nazarene church that I also wanted.
We returned for worship the next two Sundays. On both occasions the preacher again seemed to speak directly to me. Unbelievably, he seemed to know that I struggled with bigotry and pride. But when he asked, "How can we ask for forgiveness if we won't forgive others?" my eyes were opened. From that moment on, I knew something was going on, and I wanted to figure things out.
Through a series of visits from the church family, Bible study, Sunday School, and other interventions, we became a part of the church. After we attended the church's class on getting to know the church and its beliefs, we knew God had answered all our questions that were still holding us back. Within a week, we had made a profession of faith and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Today our lives are so much richer and fuller with Jesus in control. Following the teaching of Jesus is easier when we hear His Word preached every Sunday by the pastor and see living examples serving Him in so many ways.