Last Sunday, I preached on “Why I Still Love the Church!” The motivation came from reading from so many that the “Church is in decline,” or “the Church is dying” or “the Church is no longer relevant for me.” We hear and read it so much that we actually want to believe it. We get pounded and pounded with those words that we can’t help but believe it to be true.
Yet, Scripture says “Christ loves the Church and gave Himself for Her” and that the Church is the “Bride of Christ!” Scripture says that Christ loved the Church and chose to use the Church as His plan for modeling the love of Christ to our world.
If the given, or baseline, is that Christ loved the Church and uses His Church for His followers to be God’s workers to transform the world, whatever the challenges that the Church faces today, much like the challenges the church has faced for every generation, can be faced and overcome without all the dire announcements.
Regardless of our challenges, I still love the Church because
1. It is a place to Worship my Lord
2. It is a place of Hope that I need to hear regularly in a world that gives us hopelessness
3. It is a place of seeing and being with my brothers and sisters of faith.
4. It is a place of reading, teaching and hearing God’s Word.
5. It is a place from the Gospel changes lives and Salvation occurs.
6. It is a place where a bit of heaven can be found.
Yes, the church faces challenges today. But we can be relevant as God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
I have attached a link to article from a Millennial who writes why she loves the church. Read it!
I hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday as the people of God meet!
Ephesians 2:14 says “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility. . . ” Paul is writing about the Jews and the Gentiles and of the things that would separate them. By welcoming all people to the cross the “two groups become one.” As a result by destroying the barriers of separation, the two groups become united.
I believe that those are appropriate words for us today. This weekend we will celebrate and remember Martin Luther King. More than a man, a movement was created to say that all people, regardless of skin color, are not equal just under the law of the land but also “red, yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight!”
Those words again need to be sounded in our country. That is why I am honored that the Woodlawn United Methodist Church and Pastor Samuel Dzabo will join us for worship this Sunday. We can collectively say “the two groups become one!”
Sunday will be a great day of Worship!
Join us at 10:30 Sunday Morning!
Dr. Rich Lloyd
A follower of Jesus Christ. Husband to Debbie since 1980. Father to Logan, Kelsey and Jordan. Since 2000 the Pastor of the First Baptist Church Newport, Newport, Tennessee nestled in the great Smoky Mountains. A graduate of Samford University (BA '79) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv '83, ThM '85 and PhD '91). A third generation Southern Baptist minister. A serious Peyton Manning and Atlanta Braves fan!