Thinking on Love

by Pastor Dan

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.  —Ephesians 5:25.

Christ loved the church and He gave his life for the church. And He still loves the church. This is something for us to celebrate. Jesus has a special love and a special plan for his Church, including the each and every local body like us at Winthrop Covenant Church. Sometimes we forget that. We get focused on doing the business of the church, concentrating on the what we need to do next and where we need to improve and grow that we forget just how much God loves this church, this group of believers. I want you to think about that today.
Think about how loved you are by the Lord of the Church, Jesus Christ. He loved you enough to die for you.
Think about the awesome plan that God has for you as part of the Church. He has a plan for you that includes the past, the present and the future. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds you that you have a future and a hope. Don’t ever forget that. You have an important role to play in this community, in this area, in this state, in this world.
Think about Jesus including you in his plan to reach a lost world. The local church is the hope of the world. God has no other plan than to use the local church to reach the lost people in this world. You are part of his Plan A…. and he doesn’t have a Plan B.
So as you move forward as a church into the future, having a candidating weekend with your next potential pastor at the end of April and making plans to keep reaching out to your area with the love of Christ, never ever forget … God loves his church, Jesus died for his church, the local church is the hope of the world … and all of that means you.