I Love My Church!
St. Valentine was deemed to be the “patron saint of lovers.” He secretly officiated Christian marriages against Roman law before he was caught and ultimately sentenced to death. The date of his martyrdom has helped to inspire when we celebrate the holiday as we now know it. Although Valentine’s Day has become such a marketable corporate holiday, we can still take this opportunity to celebrate its roots found in love.
Love has so many different meanings to different people in different situations. “I love pizza!” is not the same as “I love my wife!” (Or at least, it better not be the same!) The love I have for my mom is different than the love I have for pizza and my wife. Sometimes love is a feeling or an emotion. Other times, love is a choice. It might be easy to love some people while really difficult to love others. This February, as we celebrate love we are going to focus on what it means to say “I Love My Church!”
This month, we are going to look at the church and how we are called to function as the body of Christ. We will see how we are all individual parts of that same body and how we find our purpose as we function in our fullest potential. Each member has specific gifts, talents and abilities that help the church come alive. As we exercise the gifts given to us by God, the body grows stronger and healthier.
So, what does loving the church and functioning like a body have to do with each other? Paul writes to the Corinthians that followers of Jesus collectively form the body of Christ: 27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Jesus told His followers, the disciples, the following: 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 15:34-35).
We can see that by living out the statement “I Love My Church,” we as followers of Christ will be functioning as His body. Join us this month as we cover multiple concepts in this Valentine’s Day themed series. We will discuss unity, membership, spiritual gifts and growth that will help us to serve each other and our community in the love of Jesus Christ! I am excited for what’s in store for us this February!