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Best Churches for Newcomers in Central Florida

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I have a confession to make: I’m a bit of a Church hopper. I do have a main Church that attend for weekly worship but I often “church hop” with friends in different towns and areas around Florida. There is something appealing about visiting different congregations and meeting other Christians in worship. I love to socialize and learn. Visiting new places of worship gives me the opportunity to do both.

Growing up as a Christian in Florida has allowed me to have a strong faith experience. For newcomers in Orange County I thought it would be an excellent idea to give you a list of my favorite churches in the area and some honest thoughts. With such diversity here there really is something for everyone. Every one of these churches has made me feel welcome, allowed me to maximize my time in worship and have created environments of learning and love.

These are non-denominational places of worship that are very inclusive. Anyone who is new to the faith or just wants to try Church for the first time will find amazing experiences at these Churches.

Impact Church of Central Florida

http://fcc-orlando.com

The Impact Church of Central Florida gets serious about worship. The pastor is fantastic and do an excellent job at delivering high impact messages that you can take with me in daily life. The level of worship at their services is inspiring and uplifting. Their message is very Biblical based, which I love. They infuse the Word of God in all of their lessons and sermons and give actionable applications to how to live a life of Faith, Love and Community. This Church is for doers and I just love that. If you are looking for a community of Christians who put Christ first in everything they do than I highly recommend the Impact Church of Central Florida.

Christ Church of Orlando

http://www.christchurchorl.org/

The Christ Church of Orlando has been my primary home base for years now and I couldn’t recommend it enough! The people are very warm and the delivery of the Word of God is exciting, invigorating and will leave you ready to take on the world. I can’t stress how loving this community is. The emphasis on that love is what keeps me coming back.  The Church is always moving and always engaged. The host many service and community activities throughout the year to bring people together through service and worship.

Summit Church

http://www.summitconnect.org

Summit Church fosters a loving and caring community of faith. You won’t be disappointed with their services as it’s very inclusive. The Summit Church is rooted in community building and you can see this with their community service project that they hosts throughout the year. This allows members to participate in service for a variety of causes that are positive for the local community as well as the soul. People looking for a warm environment of worship will not be disappointed.

For Children and students there are a variety of age-appropriate ministries that will impact the soul. I especially love their Children’s Base Camp where children learn the Word of God in a fun and engaging environment.

City of Life Church

http://www.col.tv/

Unlike the other Churches on this page, the City of Life Church is located in Kissimmee, Florida. Whenever I’m in the area to visit family I love to pop in for service here. This is such a fun Church and the congregation is very warm and welcoming. Out of all of the Churches on this page this one feels the least “religious”. I say this because although the main focus is in spreading the Holy Spirit, the service revolves around making the Word of God relatable. Newcomers to the Faith should stop by for a Sunday service to see what I mean. You won’t be disappointed!

How well do we know God?

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Being wrong is a curious thing. I’m the type of person who likes to be right about things. I like knowledge and I like to know what to look for in my everyday life. I like to think that I have a good understanding of people, politics and current my faith.

But this passed week as I read the Gospel I started to wonder what we lose when we think we already know everything. What could we be missing out on? What about knowing others? What could we be missing when we think we know others? The people around us? Our closest family and friends?

More importantly let’s turn this on to ourselves for a moment. How well do we know ourselves? It may be possible we are missing out on who we truly are and what we are capable of. Extend this thought, when we think we know everything how well do we really know God?

Maybe we don’t know as much as we think we do.

And I did not know Him and did not recognize Him; but it is in order that He should be made manifest and be revealed to Israel (be brought out where we can see Him) that I came baptizing in water. – John 1:31

Let’s turn to John the Baptist in the Gospel. When he spoke of being able to identify Jesus as the messiah he said he did know know. Think about this for a minute. This is a man who has baptized many people in Jordon. Jesus was only one of possibly hundreds of Baptisms. But Jesus was the Messiah and it was his willingness to admit his unknowing that he was able to recognize it. If John the Baptist thought he already knew God then he may have missed seeing who Jesus truly was.  It was his willingness to admit that he did not know that allowed him to recognize Jesus as Lord.

We can adapt this into our own lives. How much do we really know? And are our preconceived notions getting in the way of knowing God? Being open to God takes patients and a willingness to admit we may be wrong about some things. There may be more to see than what you look for. Sometimes our vision are so limited to seeing what we think we know Jesus and may miss out on an incredible journey set before us. A subtle truth. One that may not always be so obvious.

So today I set some side aside to pray. I want to set aside my pride enough to see that there is a whole lot I still don’t know. I want to be humble in that respect. May Jesus show me that there is more to see that what we look for. More love. More kindness. More forgiveness.