I Love My Church - I Will GIVE

March 24, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair continues the series called "I Love My Church" with the message "I Will GIVE"

I have been in church leadership long enough to know that there are only two kinds of people in the church today; Consumers and Contributors.  The consumer is the Christian who attends a church based on what the church can provide for him or her, and his or her family.  They expect the church to provide them with religeous goods and services.  A consumer thinks the church exists for its members rather than its mission.  They think about how they are serviced by the church rather than think about how they can be a service to their church.

The contributor, on the other hand, is exactly the opposite.  They understand that they belong to the church.  They are given gifts by God that help them keep the church functioning, ministering, and fulfilling its God given mission at the highest level.  They don't consume Christianity, they contribute to Christianity.  They don't look to be serviced by the church, they seek to serve the church.  They're not takers, they're givers.  They don't value a church by what's in it for them, but rather what they can give to it.

So let me ask you a question right off the top of the message this morning; Are you a church Consumer or are you a church Contributor?



I Love My Church - I Will GO

March 17, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair continues the series called "I Love My Church" with the message "I Will GO"

I love my church because first and foremost Jesus loves His church.  He associates with His church, it is His body,it is His Bride, and He died for her.  And I believe with all my heart that it is impossible to truly and authentically love Jesus, and what He is about, without loving and being a part of His church.

We, as the church, are the Bride of Christ, and we should love being the Bride of Christ.



I Love My Church - I Will GROW

March 10, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair begins a new series called "I Love My Church" and brings the message "I Will GROW"

Have you ever heard this phrase?  "I love Jesus, but I just can't stand the church."  Or how about this one?  "I'm into Jesus; I'm just not into the church."  I've come to call it the "Jesus Yes, Church No" response.  It's very hard not to like Jesus.  Even those people who are far away from God, who are far away from the church have a hard time not liking Jesus.  But it's way, way too easy to not like church.

Over the next several weeks, we're going to try to clarify the mission of the church and specifically our local church...  Let me open up this series with a statement and a question.  Here's the Statement: Jesus loves His Church.  So here's my question:
If Jesus loves His church, why shouldn't you?