This Sunday is our annual I Love My Church Sunday at Laurel Baptist. It’s a great day as we do a few extra things to express our love for this local church God has given us here in Charlotte. Everyone in attendance will get a car decal with the new church logo, and we’ll also recognize an individual/couple for the “I Love My Church” Award. With this special Sunday coming up, I thought I’d share a few reasons why I love my church!
I love the doctrine of our church.
This is where we must begin. Without biblical doctrine we don’t have a biblical church. I’m thankful to be a part of a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching Baptist church that stands for the pure doctrine of God’s Word. Laurel Baptist Church unashamedly strives to be a New Testament, Biblical, Baptist Church that is unwavering in our doctrine.
I love the people of our church.
It’s amazing how many people visit our church and make statements like, “I’ve never been to a church this warm and friendly.” But it goes way beyond friendliness. It’s how our people love, care, and support one another. I’ve never seen anything like it! LBC is truly a remarkable, one of a kind, church. I LOVE the people of this church!
I love the preaching of our church.
Okay, before you think this is self-absorbed statement, let me clarify. I cannot speak for what people think of my preaching, but I can speak as a member of our church when I am able to hear preaching. For example, I’m not one of those pastors who dread giving up my pulpit to our staff. I LOVE hearing Jared preach. God uses him to help our church. In addition, I love the guest preachers that come and preach; countless numbers of men through the years that God has used in my life. I’m glad the preaching at Laurel Baptist is full of life, grace, and biblical truth.
I love the music of our church.
I do! I love, love, love the music. It’s not perfect. I’m sure there are more skilled and talented congregations, but our music is one of the best. The style, the selection of songs, the musicians, the heart of the people who sing it..it’s all good! Church music should be Christ-honoring, worshipful, and enjoyable. The music at Laurel is just that!
I love the heart of our church.
The heart of Laurel Baptist Church is to connect, grow, and serve. I love that our focus for these 5 years has been to connect people to Christ, help them grow in grace, and the watch them serve in His work. This heart has not changed since we’ve begun. We continue in this passion.
I love the vision of our church.
Someone recently said, “Where there is no vision the people perish…and find another parish.” It’s true! Why belong to a local church that has no vision for God, His church, and His work around the world? I’m thankful that since day one, when 30 people chose to labor together with God, we’ve not only sustained a vision for God’s work, but we have strengthened that vision as God has led us. We may not always know where God is taking us or how we are getting there, but we certainly grab hold of the truth that “with God nothing shall be impossible.” I love that LBC doesn’t have the “we’ve never done it that way before” mentality or the “I don’t think it can be done” mindset. The future has always been as bright as the promises of God!
What do you love about your church? I’d like to hear it! Take a few moments to comment below on why you love your church! (if you’re from Laurel, your comments may be used this Sunday)