What do you do if you attend a non-Calvinist church or find yourself in a community where fellowship with other Calvinists is all but impossible? This was a question brought up by one commenter on this blog.
To be quite honest, I don't know how to answer that. My wife and I were blessed to find a church that has a healthy focus on the doctrines of grace, but I realize that many Calvinist believers out there find themselves alone in churches and communities that can be rather hostile to such doctrines. They have nowhere else to go. What's one to do?
My initial thought would be to view your situation as an opportunity for God to use you to speak the truth. Spend time in the Word and in prayer. Don't beat people over the head with your Calvinistic beliefs. (New "converts" to Calvinism have a tendency to do that.) Remember that your fellow church members are your brothers and sisters in Christ, so extend to them the grace that you profess to know as a Calvinist.
One thing you could do is see if there are any Bible studies or Sunday school classes that are covering topics that could be related to Calvinism. There usually are. A study or class covering the book of Romans is an excellent example. That would provide you with the opportunity to raise questions that could get others thinking through their own beliefs. Challenge them in a loving way. Share with them your own struggles with interpreting certain scripture passages. Print off some articles by noted Calvinists that deal with the subject you are covering and ask for the input of other members. Get a dialog started.
I know that all of this is easier said than done. Perhaps other Calvinists reading this will offer some helpful suggestions.