What Kind of Church Do I Want?

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Bible Reading: Matthew 16:13-28  

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). 

Christ is building His church in spite of seeming evidences to the contrary. He is still calling out people who are faithful believers living in obedience to His Word. We might view the church today and wonder, “Where is the faithful church?” I think there are still some Christians who are truly a part of the body of Christ today. I want to share what kind of church I want to be a part of. Maybe you can identify with this.  

I want a church that truly loves Jesus, which is evidenced by her obedience to Christ’s Word. This is so essential because it insures His presence is there. I want a church where Jesus and His Father have taken up residence. This church will be a place of true worship and blessing. I want a church where truth is conserved. If we are not conserving truth, we are losing it. I will not seek a church that is seeking to break away from the simplicity of Christ. I came from the world, and I am not going back to serve the kingdom of the world again. I want a church where people are selfless servants like Christ. I want a church where young people have the opportunity to serve, and where they feel needed and appreciated.  

I want a church with a commitment to bear the cross of Christ, so full of Christ that they would give their lives for Him and are willing to die for Him. I want a church where young parents get the help they need to raise families for God. It will be a place of godly examples. I want a church where sin is called sin and dealt with in a Biblical way. I want a church where backsliders have a chance to be reconciled to God by a loving discipline that works. I want a church with vision and purpose, where renewed men and women go on a journey with God. I want a church of Christian community that is vital and alive. Like the early Anabaptists, this church will have a positive effect on society, on community, and ultimately on history. May God bless His church today. 

~James Baer

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