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Don’t Lose Hope – When Churches Leave You Spiritually Dry

One thing that many people aren’t prepared for is the fact that Christians do in fact go through spiritually dry periods. We live in an era where some of the most well-known Christian personalties teach that the Christian life is totally trouble-free.

Nothing could be further from the truth, or more alien to early Christian teaching.  In 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Timothy is encouraged to join Paul in suffering for the sake of the Gospel. While he was obviously referring to persecution, there are many other hardships Christians face.

One of the problems that Christians often face is feeling spiritually dry.  When it happens because of the local church, this can present different problems, with different solutions.

  • Sometimes the issue is due to a problem going on in the person’s life, and it’s not actually due to church. Taking a step back from non-essential activities for awhile may make it easier to cope.
  • People who are coming into liturgical churches from evangelical or Pentecostal/charismatic backgrounds may need to adjust to a new way of worshiping. This is especially true for those coming from groups that place a lot of emphasis on emotionalism and must learn to separate feelings from genuine faith.
  • Personality conflicts with the clergy or other leaders, or infighting in a congregation can make spiritual life difficult.  Taking some time away from the congregation or switching to another church may be necessary.

How do you cope with spiritually dry places in your life?


October 9, 2013 Posted by | Christian Living | | Leave a comment