Wednesday, February 8, 2012
I Love My Church!
"I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord." (Psalm 122:1)
"How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God." (Psalm 84:1-2)
These two verses are powerful parts of Scripture because they show what our attitude and mindset should be about going to the house of God. I believe one of the reasons why people do not love church as much as people used to love church is because we have watered-down church so much today. Churches today are pushing the "come as you are and leave as you came philosophy." They are getting rid of the old hymns of Zion. They are casting away the Bible and they are casting away TRUE Bible preaching. Music videos have replaced the invitation; expository sermons have been replaced with Bible nuggets; follow the bouncing ball has replaced the hymnbook, contemporary "Christian" music have replaced the good ol' hymns of Zion; coming to church half-naked and immodest has replaced looking your best when coming to church; and any version of the Bible has replaced the true Word of God in the King James Version. A genuine love and longing for the house of God is becoming more and more hard to find. Church is not a place where you go to feel good even though there are times you feel good in church. Church is not a place to just come sit in a pew and leave unchanged. Church is not a place to come watch Bible films. Church is not a place to catch up on the latest gossip in the world. Church is a place where we go to meet with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; it is where we come in dirty from the world and come out clean by the power of the Word of God; it is a place where we gather with God's people and gather around the preaching of the Word of God. If we change the way our churches operate or we change the way church is "becoming," I believe we can recapture a love for the house of God.
The question remains, "How can I show God I love His church?"
1. Get to the house of God
2. Go to a church that teaches and preaches the Bible from a KJV Bible
3. Sit up front in church
4. Listen with open ears and an open heart during the preaching of the Bible
5. Don't talk during church
6. Sing your best to the Lord in church
7. Spend time alone with God before church and ask Him to prepare your heart for the church service
8. Go to a church that teaches Biblical holiness and godly living.
9. Have a notebook to write down sermon notes or areas God speaks to your heart about
10. Say AMEN during church
11. Bring your KJV Bible to church and follow the speaker
12. Look your very best for church