Why I Love the Church

Introduction:

  • In Acts chapter 8, Paul persecuted it.
  • Some today write it off as unimportant, or insignificant.
  • Others take it for granted.
  • How do you feel about the church?
  • Read Ephesians 5:22-32.

Discussion:

  • We ought to love the church because it is the bride of Christ (verses 22-32).
    1. Revelation 21:9 – “I will show thee the bride, the lamb’s wife.” Bride/groom involves a close relationship not shared by anyone else.  This relationship involves affection toward one another.  This relationship includes the groom caring for and protecting his bride.  It is a bond that ought not be separated.  Sadly, some try to separate Christ from his bride, the church.
    2. The church, as the bride of Christ, deserves all the love and respect we can give. You want to upset a husband?  One sure fire way to do that is to speak poorly of his bride.  When we fail to love the church, we give Jesus reason to be upset.
  • We ought to love the church because it’s where the saved are found (verse 23).
    1. Acts 2:47 – “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” There are no saved persons outside of the body of Christ.
    2. The best people on earth are found within the church. Someone may say, “Oh, but haven’t you heard?  There are hypocrites in the church!  Not everyone is as they seem to be.”  Sure, I would not deny that.  But you can’t deny that a bad apple every now and then does not ruin the whole bunch.  I believe the church is made up of people who are wanting to do what is right.  People who are wanting to please God.  People who hold to a different value system than those of the world.  People who strive for a different goal than those in the world.
  • We ought to love the church because Christ loves the church (verse 25).
    1. Christ loved the church so much that he gave his life for it. Acts 20:28 – “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
    2. If I follow Christ’s example I will love what Christ loves. I’m going to love his church. We often think of the sin of those who put Jesus on the cross (the mocking, the scourging, driving the nails through his hands and feet, etc.).  Yet those who do harm to the church, the spiritual body of Christ, are guilty of a sin every bit as great as that of those who brought harm to Christ’s physical body

Conclusion:

  • Some have persecuted it.
  • Others think of it as insignificant, or unimportant.
  • Others take it for granted.
  • We ought to love the church because:
    1. It is the bride of Christ.
    2. It is where the saved are found.
    3. Christ loves the church.