Is it okay to attend another Church's Bible Study?

Micah - posted on 04/29/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My church is great and we love it. However, they don't have much of a formal Bible Study...but another church that we visited some and I attended a Bible Study they had (they do a lot of Beth Moore Bible Studies), well they continue to have Studies going on most of the time and I'd really like to go, but we don't want to leave our church. Is it bad to go to another churches Bible Study? Or should we be rethinking out church if they don't have everything we're looking for?

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Anne - posted on 04/30/2012

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For what it is worth, I would not think it would be a Problem. I have a Wonderful Christian Sister thath goes to our church in. The A. M. , and to another church Sunday evenings, and Wednesday Evening. Just make sure you are listening to The Holy Spirit, and if HE TELLS to stop going to one or the other just be willing to do so.

Linda - posted on 04/29/2012

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If they are both Bible-believing churches, then they are both part of The Church. We have often gone to VBS's, Bible studies, evening services, and Awana at churches we do not currently attend. I think it is healthy to be part of the larger Church and not limit our vision to just one church. By all means, attend this Bible study!

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Carla - posted on 05/14/2012

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Welcome, Micah.

If you have gotten the answers you need, would you close this thread to further comments? If you want to, of course, you can keep it open, but we like to keep the current threads on the first page so everyone can see them.

Thanks, honey, and God bless

Micah - posted on 05/13/2012

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Thanks for all the input ladies! I love our church, but they just don't offer a whole lot in the women's ministry department and I find that I REALLY enjoy some of those studies. Thanks again!

Shawna - posted on 05/09/2012

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I attend another church's bible study on Wednesdays nights, my leaders know that we don't attend that church, and they are just so happy that me and my children are there attending on Wednesdays...!! The whole point is to go to church, to know and love God! It does not matter which church you do that at!!!

RoxAnne - posted on 05/08/2012

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I agree that it's okay to go to another church's bible study. we all need Christian fellowship, and we all can learn from other Sisters. Enjoy your new friends!

Marylou - posted on 05/07/2012

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I think it's fine to go to another church:) I honestly think you would be helping out both churches financially as well. Think about it. Word of Mouth. You talk to someone on how you love your current church, but then also talk about how you love the Bible studies at the other.

I think so long as both congregations have similar beliefs, that it's perfectly fine.

Andrea - posted on 05/06/2012

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I wish more people and churches would feel free to interact with each other.The building you attend is not the church. The church is the people of God. We should support the local church body, obviously our tithes should go to our "home" church body so they can grow and do God's Work and our time and service benefits our "home" church body but "breaking bread" and "fellowshiping" with other church bodies should not be looked down upon. I know we are often made to feel we are somehow being disloyal to "the church" if we find something we need in a another part of the body of Christ but part of Christ's plea in the garden was - "I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me" (John 17.21-22). The Church as a whole needs to learn to work together, support and encourage one another, and loose the us/them mentality that is so prevalent. We are all Christian and Christ's prayer was that our unity would speak volumes to the World. Just imagine if every church body were willing to pool resources and work together to build the Kingdom instead of holding on to "their" resources to build their buildings. Those churches who had great teachers but little money could be helped by those who have great resources but little time. Those who have strong leaders could help struggling smaller churches grow and train leaders. If we would all be willing to look beyond the walls of our local or "home" church building a lot more could be accomplished for the LORD.
It is great that you want to learn more about God's Word and have found a group to support you in this endeavor. By all means attend. Maybe after you have attended and grown you will learn it is not so difficult to lead one of these studies and be lead to start one to edify those in your local body. Or perhaps if you "talk it up" others in your church body will see the benefit of having these studies and maybe the leadership in your congregation will be encouraged to host them in their building as well.

Lisa - posted on 05/04/2012

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Hunger for his words is Gods pleasure....and you shall seek me ,,,and find me ...because you seek me with all your heart!God bless you.

Cyndel - posted on 05/03/2012

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As long as they are bible believing, teaching, and live it out I say go for it!!!!

Carla - posted on 05/02/2012

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Ditto everyone else, Micah. Like Angela said, you're not married to your church ;) And, as Anne said, as long as you are listening to the Spirit, and He isn't telling you to leave your church, attending Bible study at another church isn't gonna send you to hell.

You are attending Bible study to understand God's Word better, so He is pleased. He's the only One you have to worry about.

God bless, sweetheart

Elaine - posted on 05/01/2012

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If you think you are missing out because they don't have Bible Study, you might consider going to another Church. Sometimes we get hung up on, I grew up in this Church. Well I'm not in the church I grew up in, but I'm still in the denonations I grew up in. If you feel you are missing out spiritually by all means change, that is not going to make you a lesser person, you feel you are at a stand still and not growing spiritually. I left the church I was attending about a year ago, and I hadn't regreted it not one bit, I was not progressing spiritually and had gotten to where I was questioning my on faith, thats when I new I need a change. Loving my new Church home. God wants us to grow where He can use us fully.

Angela - posted on 04/30/2012

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I think you can go where you like! Attending another Church's Bible Study or Sunday worship or indeed ANYTHING at another Church, isn't a sin, you know! Would you decline to attend a wedding held in any Church other than your own? Of course you wouldn't! Church attendance isn't like marriage where you have pledged to one other person and only one. I rather dislike the notion that it has to be!

The Church I attended years ago didn't have a Christmas Day service (unless Christmas Day happened to be on a Sunday). I was keen to go to Church on Christmas Day and went to a really nice service at another Church. It happened to be the same Church where my ex-husband's cousin went regularly. She welcomed me and said it was nice to see me. I explained how my own Church didn't have a Christmas Day service - I feel I made it quite clear that that was the reason I was there. She mentioned it again when she saw me around my mother-in-law's house. Several months after this we met again in my mother-in-law's house and she said (with a sly tone in her voice) "I thought I'd have seen Angela at Church but no, she doesn't want to go to Church ..." So I faced her and said "Why did you think I was going to go to YOUR Church when I already attend a different Church and have been going there years? I thought I made it clear when we met that day in your Church - Christmas Day - that I was there because there was no Christmas Day service at my own Church. That was the only reason I was there and there was never any promise of my going there again .... I thought you knew that?" She got a bit embarrassed! But I can't, for the life of me, see why she wanted to make a big deal about it!

Hope I haven't put you off going to the other Church if you like their Bible Study night! Go for it - and enjoy!

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