Loving God, Loving One Another, Loving Others

I Love My Church

November began the new chapter in our ministry with the opening of Wellspring Community Church. As we start down this path I think of what type of church will Wellspring be? As I contemplate this, the country song “I Love This Bar” by Toby Keith comes to mind.

We got winners, we got losers
Chain smokers and boozers
And we got yuppies, we got bikers
We got thirsty hitchhikers
And the girls next door dress up like movie starsHmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar

We got cowboys, we got truckers
Broken-hearted fools and suckers
And we got hustlers, we got fighters
Early birds and all-nighters
And the veterans talk about their battle scars

Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar

I love this bar
It’s my kind of place
Just walkin’ through the front door
Puts a big smile on my face
It ain’t too far, come as you are

Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar

I’ve seen short skirts, we got high-techs
Blue-collar boys and rednecks
And we got lovers, lots of lookers
And I’ve even seen dancing girls and hookers
And we like to drink our beer from a mason jarHmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar
Yes I do

I like my truck (I like my truck)
I like my girlfriend (I like my girlfriend)
I like to take her out to dinner
I like a movie now and then

But I love this bar
It’s my kind of place
Just trollin’ around the dance floor
Puts a big smile on my face
No cover charge, come as you are

Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar

Yes first I admit I do listen to country music from time to time but when I listen to this song I wonder why so many find it so much easier to find acceptance at a bar instead and of at the church. The song talks about the various people who find comfort in this establishment no matter where they are at in their life. Toby sings about how when he enters and it puts a big smile on his face and he just loves it.

I have to think is the local church doing something wrong… Should we not accept people no matter what stage in life they are at or their relationship with God? When is the last time you have looked around and thought “yeah we have all kinds coming here” or has your church become a country club with understanding if you don’t fit our requirements no need to apply. Do you smile when you walk through the doors of your church because you feel loved and accepted? Do others smile when they walk through the doors because they know they are loved and accepted? Christ said He didn’t come here to save the religious but to save the loss. I feel the church isn’t here for Christians to huddle together and high five each other because how much better we are then those out there but we should a sanctuary for the broken.

In my morning devotional by Perry Noble, senior pastor of NewSpring Church he states this about the local church: “When the local church is working right, there is nothing more powerful and breathtaking in the world. It’s the place where lost people are found, where found people grow to love Jesus more, where addicts are set free, where the excluded are included, where the hopeless find hope, where marriages are restored, where forgiveness is extended and where God gets the glory for it all!!”

I want Wellspring to be a church where people can come and find acceptance and find the love of God. Where they can show up as they are without first cleaning themselves up, show up with their baggage and not be asked to check it the door. I want people to be so excited about the church that when they think about it they smile and look forward to the next time we can gather together. I want Wellspring to be a place where people can find a safe haven from the storms of life. A place that we will grow together learning to “Love God”, “Love One Another”, and “Love Others”, a church like the one found in Acts where they shared one another’s burdens and joys and because of this thousands came to know Christ.

So I set here and say… Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church!