Saturday, August 21, 2004whoa! what a trip...
The AGC (associated gospel church) I was now attending had much better preaching than the Pentecostal church of my youth. But it was only slightly better than the Baptist church I had just left. But one thing the AGC had over both...it had a whole lot of people! And in that crowd I found 4-6 young men that craved to know God more and seek to live truly holy lives.
We radicals (LOL) started a Bible study/prayer meetings on Saturday nights. While other 20 year olds went out to bars, dance clubs and coffee shops, we met at each others houses, studied great doctrines like Dispensationalism, Calvinism, Bible Separation, Pre-Suppositionalism, Inspiration and Preservation. We would conclude our study with an hour (sometimes more) of heartfelt prayer.
We quickly became inseparable. We would hang out 3-4 times a week, debating and encouraging one another. It was a blessed time. It came to pass, after a year of studying the Bible together, that pretty much the whole group became dissatisfied with the AGC we were attending. So all of us together went out and found ourselves a small "church planting" mission in the city that represented our doctrinal views and we would attend a bible study there on Wednesday nights.
We sometimes let some girls in our inner-circle, and the young lady that had publicly welcomed me was always there. We became good friends and after 3 years of friendship, we got married.
Marriage and careers quickly put an end to the inner-circle since most of the gang got jobs in different cities (some in different countries). Rook and I ended up in Montreal for 3 years where we searched endlessly for a church that would fit our particular doctrinal views (Fundamental, Calvinistic, Separated, Pre-Millenial, Soul-Winning). We couldn't find anything!!! I tried on numerous occasions to just try and ignore the points that I disagreed with, but it was just too aggravating. We ended up having to drive an hour to go to a church that was of like faith. This went on for a couple of years.
stay tuned for the conclusion...