October is Homecoming month, so: "What does the term homecoming mean n a religious sense?"
“Coming home” in the religious sense is not so much about finding a church, that’s important, every Christian should seek to belong to a church, Jesus died for His church. Coming home is not determined by belonging to one specific denomination or reading a proscribed translation. Coming home is really about being restored to the relationship with God that He created you for.
In Luke 15 Jesus told the story about the prodigal son. The young man in the story took his inheritance and left his father to go and live life on his terms. His choices eventually led him to ruin his life and realizing his mistake he went home. In the parable the father models how God the Father interacts with us. He allows us to make poor choices, even when they are detrimental but He waits and watches for us to come home. Actually God works through the circumstances of our lives, both the good and the bad to draw us back to Himself.
Ultimately our greatest homecoming will take place in heaven, Jesus described this homecoming in John 14:1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” NIV
Coming home, sounds kind of good doesn’t it? I realize there are different beliefs about Jesus Christ and heaven, but it’s my hope that you hear God’s voice through the words of the Bible, saying, you can come home, there is a way.
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” NIV