Literally millions of people in the world can genuinely say, “I love my church!” These people have experienced the blessing of a church family that loves God, exalts Jesus Christ, and shows love and forgiveness to one another. It is among this kind of church family that people come to know the Lord as their personal Savior and begin to develop a spiritual walk with God. The results are amazing: peace in their lives and joy in their hearts.
Unfortunately, too many people have had negative experiences at church. Sometimes it is their fault, but all too many times it is the fault of another.
One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.”
“Why not?” she asked.
“I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. “First of all, they don’t like me, and secondly, I don’t like them.”
His mother replied, “I’ll give YOU two good reasons why YOU SHOULD go to church. First of all, you’re 59 years old, and secondly, you’re the pastor!”
That is a sad situation when the pastor is not thrilled about attending his own church. My experience has been just the opposite. After pastoring the same church for 29 years, I am thrilled to say, “I still love my church!” I agree with the many in our church who have shared their reasons with me about Valley Forge Baptist – The Caring Church!
They have said to me…
I love my church because…
God is at work here!
We are a family!
I learn how to grow closer to God!
Jesus Christ is exalted!
We feed the hungry and give them the Gospel!
I love the music!
I love the people!
Do you have a church you can call “home”? If not, come and experience what some of your neighbors have experienced at the corner of Black Rock Road and Rt. 113: people who love God and others. If the greatest desire of the human heart is to love and be loved, then you will certainly find that desire met in a church where Jesus Christ is worshipped!
Article by Pastor Scott Wendal