Recently I read a poem titled “Why I Love my church.” The poem got me thinking about my church, do I love my church? In the short of the answer I have to say YES, I love my church. Now someone might ask are you speaking universally, denominationally, or locally? I would have to reply all of the above.
If you don’t love your church, you should re-think about why you come. First of all, universally speaking Jesus Christ is the head of the church, so as a disciple of Christ If I didn’t love His church perhaps I need to either re-read the Bible or abandoned the idea of church all together. In my life Jesus Christ is the reason that I exist. The reason I remain alive to day is to be able to give to my children the testimony of what Jesus means to me. I love my church because of the work of Jesus Christ. And therefore, I am before anything else religious wise a “Christian” or follower of Jesus Christ. I love my Church.
Secondly, when you place all the biblical truths of what church really is, how it functions, and what its true purpose is. When we read the Bible and it gives us insight to a truth and we say words like “I believe that” or “that is what the bible says” then we need to check this truth to the belief systems or doctrines of the church or denomination we belong too and ask the question “does my church believe this way too?” I had to ask these tough questions when I was in search of a church during my youth. Does my church believe in what the Bible teaches? I believe it did then, and still does today. That is why I am a Seventh-day Adventist. I love my Church. By the way denominationally speaking my church, the Seventh-day Adventist church, puts Jesus Christ as the head of the church. This is a major reason why I love my church.
Now I have to admit that the third reason I love my church locally speaking is because it chose me. Sure, I am the pastor, but it still came down to a vote do we want Pastor Merlin Cochran or not. And the church chose me. Now there might have been a few circumstances that led the church to choose this way but ultimately it was the choice of Jesus Christ who called me to be at the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church. And here is a list of other reasons why I Love My Church. It’s members, It’s home. It’s not just another place, it’s community, and it’s a place to belong. I love my church and I believe you’ll love her, too!
I love my church!