The church is the Bride of Christ, the eternal companion of Jesus Christ, He died for the church, and He is in the process of making her beautiful for Himself.
Tonight we had a dinner for new attenders to JBC, and I told our story along with slides and a video. Our church began in 1973 when I was 25 years old, and now JBC is 48 years old and I am 72. It is a long and glorious story of God building His church and making her beautiful.
As we showed the slides that were taken over the last 45 years, and I told our story, which I have repeated often, I was once again reminded of how blessed our church has been over the years, and how blessed I have been to be a part of the beautiful things God has chosen to do here. Sometimes people will praise me for my visionary leadership, but I have been like a surfer who looks for a big wave and hops on at a good time, and rides it in having the time of his life. Me seeing the big wave and getting JBC on top of it has been much more the result of God’s Sovereign working than my visionary leadership.
One of my core beliefs is that my love for my church is my love for Jesus, and my commitment to Jesus as Lord of my life can be measured by determining my commitment to my church.
You can’t go wrong in life loving, serving, building, and helping the church to grow. Find one that preaches the Word and pour your life out in it. God loves His church and those who make her beautiful receive a special blessing from Him.