Summary: I love the church because...
Why I love the Church
Matthew 16:15-18 (KJV)
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Friend let me go on record today and say, "I love the church!" I love the church in general and this church in particular. I am possibly the most blessed pastor in the entire world to have the awesome opportunity to pastor people like you. We have a very good marriage. I read and hear horror stories of deacons and Pastor’s quarreling and churches fighting and I stand here today to tell you that I am so glad that God has and is assembling a unified, glorified, fire baptized body of believers here at Harvest and by His grace we will take the land! I love the church!
Having said that, I want to share with you why I quit attending sporting events:
Every time I went, they asked me for money.
the people with whom I had to sit didn’t seem very friendly.
The seats were not comfortable.
The coach never came to see me.
the referee made a decision that I didn’t agree with.
I was sitting with some hypocrites, they only came to see what others were wearing.
Some games went into overtime, and I was late getting home.
(The soccer fans beat me to Ponderosa)*added
The band played some numbers that I had never heard.
The games are scheduled when I want to do other things.
My parents took me to too many games when I was growing up.
Since I read a book on sports, I feel that I now more than the coaches.
I don’t want to take my children, I want them to choose for themselves which sports they like best.
(Illustrations Unlimited by Hewett-A Pastor’s Excuse)
There are several reasons why I love the Church and I want to share them with you today.
I Love the church because it is:
I. Jesus Bought!
Galatians 3:13 (KJV)
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV)
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
II. Jesus’ Built!
Matthew 16:18 (KJV)
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
oikodome, feminine (abstract) of a compound of Greek 3624 (oikos) home, house (-hold), temple, and the base of Greek 1430 (doma); architecture, i.e. (concrete) a structure; figurative confirmation :- building, edify (-ication, -ing).
Or “I will architect a home, I will structure a home, I will bring edification or confirmation to the home.