What do you think of those questionnaires that get shared on social media? Last week, during a few quiet minutes, I worked my way through one that a friend had shared on facebook, called 'What Percentage Posh Are You?' It sounded amusing, and it did have a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch with it, so I thought I'd give it a go! There were 20 questions including:-
Where did you grow up? What's your supermarket of choice? What's your favourite sport? Have you ever worn red trousers? Do you have a family crest? Have you ever been skiing, to the races, or to the opera?
So, not a very scientific survey, and I've no idea how they got to my result from the answers I selected - are red trousers 'posh' or not? - but here's the verdict, for all to see:-
You got: 44% posh!
You’re kinda posh, but not properly “posh posh”. You might have gone to private school [I didn't] and generally had a good upbringing – you went on nice summer holidays with your parents [yes - camping in the Lake District] and were generally pretty comfortable [not on those camping trips!] – but you’re still far from Made in Chelsea
Buzzfeed Survey on Facebook, 8 March 2017
It's a bit of silliness, but it got me thinking. If there was a similar survey called 'What Percentage Christian Are You?' what sort of questions would it include? What faith did your parents have? What's your church of choice? What's your favourite hymn? Have you ever worn open-toed sandals with socks? Do you have a family prayer? Have you ever been to Spring Harvest, New Wine or Greenbelt festival?
If there was such a thing, it wouldn't really matter what answers you gave. Anyone who has decided to follow Jesus and accepted his offer of eternal life would get the following result:-
You got: 100% Christian!
There’s no such thing as kinda Christian, but not properly “Christian Christian”. You might have gone to church/Sunday school and generally had a good, moral upbringing – or not. Your parents might have taken you to Christian conferences – or you might be a complete beginner when it comes to reading the bible and praying. No one but Mother Theresa needs to be a Mother Theresa
-level Christian. Just be yourself, follow Jesus and let God love you.
‘If anyone is in Christ that person is a new creation: the old life is gone; a new life has begun!’
2 Corinthians 5:17
There's no such thing as kinda Christian, but, that said, it is very difficult to grow in your faith if you don't meet up with other Christians. Worshipping God, learning to apply Jesus' teaching to your life and encouraging your fellow-Christians to persevere in following Christ are things we were all created to do, and give our lives meaning and purpose.
On Sunday mornings at Bovingdon Baptist Church we come together with exactly this aim, and there is something for everyone, every week. We start with whole church worship and then offer groups for children of different ages. If you'd like to find out more, join us at one of our Sunday services when we'll be going through Luke's Gospel to discover more about the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ.
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If you have questions about church and life, you're welcome to join our next Alpha Course or attend one of our Life Groups, currently meeting on Monday lunchtimes and Wednesday evenings. For details contact Mary.
At BBC we are informal and friendly, a 'one table' church where people of every age and stage of faith worship together and share with one another like a big extended family. Our Sunday services begin with 25 minutes of whole church worship and then different ages continue their learning in various groups: crèche; Sunday Club for children of primary school age; Upper Room for young people aged 11-18 years. We also have all sorts of things happening on weekdays: a baby and toddler group on termtime Mondays from 9-11 am; an open youth group on Fridays; a coffee morning on 1st and 3rd Mondays each month; Life Group bible studies; occasional film nights, games nights, quiz nights.
Check our diary page for up-to-date information about what's on at BBC.