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I am new here
Someone once said that people are very open for new things as far as they are just like the old ones. Change often frustrates and even confuses us. If you’ve never been to our church chances are that many things will look unfamiliar to you. Probably you have many questions. Here are the answers of some frequently asked questions.
How should I dress?
There is no requirement that people should wear formal wear. Clothing can be casual but still we have to dress modestly and decently. We encourage you not to wear scanty or skin-tight clothes. Thus we show our reverence to God and our respect to the other believers.
Do I have to make the sign of the cross at entering?
At “New Life” you don’t have to cross yourself at entering, leaving or during special prayers. Still, if you are used to make the sign of the cross, feel free to do it. The sign of the cross symbolizes the cross of Christ. Тhe three fingers put together stand for the Holy Trinity, whereas the two folded fingers symbolize our faith in Jesus Christ who had two natures on earth – Godly and human, God and man. Therefore, without faith in God and Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior our sign of the cross would be just an empty ritual.
What is a typical worship service like?
The Bible says that our worship should be done with spirit and truth and is a manifestation of our belief and not following empty rituals. That’s why most probably you won’t see opulent decoration, icons and priests wearing black robes. You won’t hear sermons and prayers in archaic language either. What will you see then?
We sing songs in contemporary Bulgarian language to God so as to show Him that we love Him and worship Him. We pray with all our hearts for Bulgaria, our friends and each other to show that God’s love is alive in us. We read, study and preach God’s Word so that it would dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16).
What time does your worship service start?
Our worship service is conducted every Sunday. It starts at 11 am and lasts about an hour and a half. After the service we stay on to have fellowship at a cup of tea or coffee. On the first Sunday of the month we have lunch together.
What about kids?
If you have kids and have no babysitter available we have taken care of this. There is a children’s Sunday school at BPC “New Life”. Attendance is free of charge. Every Sunday after the songs we sing and before the sermon you can take your child or children to the Sunday school room. If necessary you can stay for some time there until your kids get used to it. Our experienced Sunday school teachers will make sure through crafts, drawing and songs that all kids are having fun and learning something new from God’s Word.
Jesus says: “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14). We believe that only God’s word can teach children how to distinguish good from evil and keep them from the fate of many youths who are going down the road of sin.
Where are the icons?
Usually you won’t see icons at our churches. There are two reasons why. First, God is a Spirit and cannot be depicted graphically. The Bible says that true worship involves “spirit and truth”, i.e. with faith in the heart and a life committed to God. Moreover, the second of the Ten Commandments forbids worship of icons (Exodus 20:4). This, of course, does not mean that we don’t appreciate art. It only means that we know how to distinguish worship of God from adoration of the artist’s talent.
Must I give money to the church?
The attendance of our worship service is completely free of charge. You don’t have to pay entrance fee or for the pastor to pray for you, or for your kid to attend the Sunday school. As Jesus reminds us, “Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8). At the same time, if you want you can leave a donation in the money box. The money goes for the maintenance of the church building and for conducting initiatives.
You have more questions?
Write to [email protected] or call +359894483341.
What does it mean to be a Christian?
Some people think that to be a Christian means you go a couple of times to church a year to light up a candle or pray before exams. For others it means you can’t see movies, that you can’t dance, can’t have a drink, or that you can’t have any more fun. That isn’t true. Christianity isn’t about rules and regulations to follow. It is about a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament times God gave the Law which had to be followed precisely. There were instructions about clothes, food, what you could or could not do on the Sabbath, what you had to do in the temple, how priests were to carry out their functions, how strangers were to be treated, how people were to be punished, etc. All these things were to be observed properly and precisely since all of them affected their standing before God. That was in Old Testament times, but now we have Jesus and the requirements of the Law are no longer necessary for us in order to please God.
Being a Christian means that you are changed on the inside, not controlled from the outside. It means that your heart has been changed by the presence of God. It does not mean that you are required to go to church, required to pay tithes, required to be good, required to do anything in order to stay a Christian. It means you desire to do those things because you’ve been changed.
Regeneration means that there has been an actual change in a person. When someone becomes a Christian by trusting in the sacrifice of Christ alone for the forgiveness of his sins, then the Holy Spirit has come and lives in that person. Because the person has been changed from the inside, he does not desire to do those things that are contrary to God. Therefore, he will naturally desire to go to church. He will desire to be good, to be honest, etc. He does not go to church, or be good, or be honest, in order to be a Christian. He does those things because he already is one. It means that those things he desires to do change. He wants to change and wants to please God — from the inside.
So, being a Christian means that you have encountered the true and living God and that you have undergone a change in your heart and soul. It means that you are not restricted to the Laws of right and wrong in order to please God because you cannot please God by what you do. God will only find pleasure in you through Jesus Christ.
To be a Christian means…
- To ask for forgiveness
- Let Christ reign over your life
- Develop relationships in the community (by going to church and participating in the life of the Body)
- To tell about Jesus to others