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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; [19] 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.

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