Hello my name is church,
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am…
A waste of time
You’ve heard that I am full of:
Maybe you have visited me before and discovered:
Maybe you needed me and I was:
Maybe you joined me and found I was:
Maybe you tried to serve in me but were caught off guard by:
Maybe you left and were surprised that nobody:
Invited you back
Perhaps your experience has driven you to:
Speak negatively of me
Swear to never come back to me
Proclaim that no one needs me
Believe you’re better off without me
If this is true, I have something to say to you:
I was wrong
I blew it
I made a huge mistake
But remember, I never said my name was:
My name is church. I welcome the:
I welcome the
I cannot shut my doors to the people who make you:
But I would remind you that we couldn’t always worship in the same room. In the Old Testament there was a division between the:
In order for us to all worship in the same room Christ was:
Which is far worse than being:
So why not come back to church and let all of these messed up people:
I can’t promise you that the people will be great. This is church. It’s not:
The Celestial city
God wants you here.
The body needs you here.
The world needs your witness here.
You belong here.
Hello, my name is church.
I miss you.
I love you.
Can’t wait to see you."
I’ve learned to distinguish love from “being in love”. Being in love seems so self-centered. It’s about how you make ME feel. MY emotions and affections. However, love is how I can serve YOU and sacrifice for YOU. It’s much more other-oriented. And I think that’s the true nature of love.