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Why Should I Love My Church?

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Why Should I Love My Church?

If you’re taking the time to read this, then chances are you belong to a church. Ever wonder where we get the word “church” from? Or even who was the first person in the Bible to ever utter that word? Why is it even important for us to go to church? Was it just something for people in Biblical days? Over the next few blogs…all these questions and more will be answered.

Before you continue reading..take some time to answer this question for yourself…

Why Should I Love My Church?

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Chances are your answer or answers to the question, “Why Should I Love My Church?” will change over the next few weeks.  So let’s go a little deeper into this subject.

Matthew 16:18 says, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” 

In this portion of scripture, we see a conversation between Jesus and Peter. It’s in this dialogue where we see the word “church” used for the very first time.  It’s interesting to see how Jesus switches from calling Peter first by his Hebrew name and then to his Greek name.   It’s actually on this scripture that the Catholic Church builds their beliefs on.  They even call Peter the first Pope.  What I want to focus your attention on is the fact that Jesus said, “my church.” We have to remember that it’s not our church, but His. He died for our sins and for the sins of the world.

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You might be thinking, “Ok big deal, but why should I love my church?”

I want you to think for a second this thought…if it wasn’t for the church, where would your life be? I understand that it was Jesus who made a way to change your life around…but if it wasn’t for the church, where would you be?  It means a lot more to us when it’s personal.

It was in the church where I found my purpose in life.  In the world, I was lost and caught up with so many other things…but when I came into the church, my life began to have true meaning.  It was in the church where you might have found your spouse. Of if you’re single…it’s in the church where you’re going to find your spouse.  You might have even met your spouse in the world…but it’s in the church where you’ll learn how to respect them, honor them and treat them right.  The world doesn’t do that.  They don’t teach Marriage 101 at the night club or party house. It’s here in the church where we learn to be men and women of God.

There’s so much more we’re going to talk about. I just wanted to get your mind thinking about the church and the important role it has played even in your own life. Loving our church goes much deeper. Over the next few blogs, we’ll discuss many more topics on this thought of Why Should I Love My Church?

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Jesus Loves the Church

“So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.”Hebrews 10: 22-25 (The Message)

If you’ve ever stepped foot into a church service, you know it can be a battle! For every reason you can think of to go to church, you’ll probably think of just as many to keep you home or even go somewhere else.  It could be you’re sick, you’re not feeling well, maybe a relative needs your support, or you need to do something for work, not to mention the possibility that you have a hectic week ahead of you and you could use the extra rest…you following?  Hey, I feel like that sometimes…and I’m the pastor! I’ll tell you right now and listen carefully, there will ALWAYS be something in the way of you coming to church! It’s those who come to God in the good, bad and ugly that continue to find strength, discover their gifts and learn to trust in God’s promises.

The same was true for a young man by the name of Simon.  He was just a fisherman in the eyes of man but he was a rock in the eyes of God! And you know what, he sees you the same way! You can be someone who was emotionally shattered…God wants to make you into a rock! You can be someone who didn’t make all the right decisions..God wants to make you into a whole person.  You might just be a fisherman…but God will use you to be a fisher of men!

I have a question for you though…Are you using the keys that God has given to you? This is what Jesus is telling you and I today: “Why are you asking me for the keys? I’ve already given them to you. Speak to your mountain and yes it will be done.  You have to do something about it.  You have the power and the authority. I gave you the keys.  Open the door and walk through it.  You’re MY church. You’re MY prized possession.  The battle’s not yours, it’s MINE!”

Before I go, I just want to share a few things with you:

  1. Jesus intimately loves His Church – He sees your Potential, He sees you Prophetically and He sees you Positionally!
  2. Jesus wins over the kingdom of darkness through His church
  3. We provide protection by His church

If you’re taking the time to read this, I just want you to know that you’re apart of His church and that He loves you very much! He is going to make you into that rock that’s going to help build His kingdom! Keep going forward!