We Love Best Together (9AM)
We sing about it, write poems about it. I’ll go out on a limb and say that every song, book, movie, friendship, and poem is a testimony to our pursuit of this one thing … LOVE. Our desire to love, and be loved, is at the root of most everything we do.
We are in the third of our seven-week sermon series “Why Church?” taking seriously the question, why do we need God’s Church to find true love? While they may not phrase it this way, many who reject the church believe they don’t need church to find true love, “I can find love on my own.” This morning we are looking for a good answer to this objection.
Making a commitment to a Church is not for the timid, especially in our current day and age. Today, a large percentage of Americans still self-identify as Christian, but more and more believe the church is unnecessary. Some even see the Christian Church as a hinderance to social progress, a place to be avoided, a place against love. Those are conclusions easily reached when we misunderstand God’s intentions for the Church. Is the Church, including Grace of Christ, imperfect? Yes! But the Church, Grace too, is still God’s chosen organism to introduce Jesus to a world desperate for real truth, real love, genuine compassion, and honest relationships.
This series is not an act of desperation. It is not an attempt to beg, badger, or argue, in order to convince people to come back to, or begin to attend, church. It is meant to be an intentional, Bible-based, communication of God’s desire for the church and our part in it. The heart and soul of Christian faith, and the Church, is not dogmas, disciplines, and demands. The heart and soul is God’s undeserved, and unending, love. Once we believe that our whole life and world begins to change, and our love for others grows too.