Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pursuing Your Purpose with Passion- part 4

This week we are looking at the three things God tells us we are to be passionate about when he says
“Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with  ALL your soul and with ALL your mind and with  ALL your strength.  [And]Love your neighbor as yourself.  Mark 12:30
Yesterday we say that we are to be passionate about God because of what He has done for us. Today we will look at being passionate about your church. 

How do you feel about church? Are you passionate about your church? Just tonight Sarah Eiden one of our youth leaders just back from High School camp shared with me that most every kid at camp told her how much they loved that their church was so welcoming and nonjudgmental. Last weekend Worship Arts Director Taylor Trickle attended two Mega-Churches in North AND South Carolina. As much as he appreciated the awesomeness of their facilities and the functionality of their formats he and his wife Makayla couldn’t wait to get home because they love and missed the people in their church.
Just last week Todd Brown of Brown Church Development Group shared with an assessment of our church’s health.  He was so impressed with all that we do and how we do it.  But what was most evident to him was how much our people love their church. How proud I was to hear a report that clearly indicated that we are a church body that notably has a passion for God and a passion for their church family.
Are you passionate about your church?  When we begin to experience God’s passion for us we naturally seek out and want to be with others who have the same experience. If you see the church as an organization or an institution or even as a building you will never be passionate about it. But if you see the church as what it really is, a family, then you will look forward with enthusiasm to getting together to worship with them and serve with them and fellowship with those who are your brothers and sisters in Christ.  
Tomorrow we will conclude this series by looking at the third thing we are to be passionate about. Any guesses on what Jesus says it is?
Your pastor and partner in ministry,


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