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Thursday, September 30, 2010

I Love My Church

Last Sunday I posted, I Love My Church, on my Facebook status.

What is very comical is the fact that the way we have to 'do' church can be very stressful, hard and extremely time consuming.

Each week we spend hours in setting up just to have one service.  Then we have the tear everything down following service. Every mic, every speaker, every wire, every chair, every playpen, every table, every projector, every screen, every banner, and every road sign has to be set up and taken down each week.

And... I Love My Church?

YES!!! I DO.

Not necessarily because of all the hard work involved (and let me just say, CCA has the best volunteers in the WORLD!). 

I love it because sinners feel comfortable here.

Why?  Because they feel the love of Jesus here.

In our Chronological reading today, Matthew (the tax collector and new found disciple of Jesus) held a banquet with all of his sinner friends and invited Jesus as the guest of honor  (Matthew 9:10). 

Mark's account in chapter 2 says, "Later, Levi [Matthew] invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus' followers.)"

Did you get that last part?  Jesus had disreputable people that followed Him and spent time with Him.

In other words, they felt comfortable around Him!!

Oh but if you read on, the Pharisees (aka, the 'church leaders' of the day) condemned Jesus for this.

Jesus said Himself that He did not come into the world to condemn it, but to save it (John 3:17).

That is our goal at CCA.  We will not condemn, we will love.  We will not exclude, we will include.  We will not withhold Christ, we will freely give Him. 

We are called to lift Jesus up, and when we do our part then He will draw all men unto Himself.  He will heal the hurts.  He will forgive the sins.  And he will change the lives.

CCA is not a perfect church because it is full of imperfect people... including me. 

But together we serve a perfect Savior.

And when we do our part, Love God, Love People and Serve Others, then He will take all us sinners and heal, forgive and change us into the disciples He has called us to be.

Yep, I Love My Church...

The perfect place, for imperfect people.


Unknown said...

Amen, I am one of those sinners who feel love there. Thanks to all of the CCA servants for all you do.

Unknown said...

I am really glad that my imperfect family can fit in at CCA. : )