Many years ago, I want to say it was 1987, our theme for that year for our church was, “I Love My Church.” And I want to encourage you to love your church. Don’t criticize it, don’t attack it. Don’t tell what it doesn’t have. Listen to what the Bible says, “For no man yet ever hateth his own flesh, but nourisheth it and cherisheth it.” Of course, you know the text. It’s about a husband and wife relationship and a God and child relationship. In the church, it’s a marriage relationship. You’re loving your church. Jesus gave His life for the church. The Bible said in that passage and how important is that we cherish the church.
We love the church. Don’t attack it, don’t criticize it. Don’t say it doesn’t measure up. I’ve got to go across town and find another one. I know of a town that at one time used to have about five, six, seven really good churches and some folks just rotated through all those several churches, and they’ve come back to square one years later. Don’t do that. Find a church. When things are going well, you stay in that church. When things are going wrong, you stay in that church. I’m not talking about theology changing and you losing your salvation. I’m talking about just stay. When you’re without a pastor, God’s got to give you one. Who knows? The greatest days may be ahead. But here’s our job: love it. Love your church. I know you will. God bless you. Have a great day.
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Pastor Trieber has served as the pastor of the North Valley Baptist Church since March of 1976. He is also the President of Golden State Baptist College.