Monday, September 27, 2010

Why I need a church... because its a billboard!

Have you ever noticed that you can tell what is important to your friends?  Some people love to fish, and you can tell because they spend all their extra time and money keeping up their boat, and they talk about fishing all the time!  I have a neighbor that always has the prettiest yard in our neighborhood, and you can tell it’s important to him because he is out there every day keeping it looking nice (yes, I have yard envy, but that’s another topic).  It is interesting to watch people and observe what is important to them.

We may not realize it, but people are watching us too, and one of the ways that the people in your life can tell that your faith is important to you is when they see you attend church services week after week.  Our commitment to church services makes a strong statement about our relationship with God to our family, our friends, and our neighbors.  Early in our marriage, Tammy and I made a commitment to each other that we would 1) be in church every week, and 2) that we would tithe faithfully.  I believe that these commitments, while they might seem ‘legalistic’, have played a significant part in testifying to our friends, our family, and especially to our children that our faith is real.

In Second Corinthians 3:2-3, the apostle Paul tells the people in the church at Corinth, “You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read by all men…written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.”

Join us Sunday at Calvary Chapel Wilmington, at 9 and 11, as we explore this living organism called “the church.”

…till the whole world hears,
Pastor Clay

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