Thank you for taking the time to search our web site. My wife Pam and I want to take this opportunity to invite you to visit us on Sundays. We are a friendly church and you will always be welcomed with a warm smile. If you presently do not have a church home, I would ask that you consider Wilton Bible Baptist. We are committed to helping the whole family grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE THE LORD?
I hear a lot of people these days talk of their love of Jesus. When in conversations, they will talk about their love for the Lord or how much they love the Word, or their love for praying for one another, but the one element that seems to be consistently missing in our society today is the statement: “How much I love the church!”
Just exactly what does it mean to love the Lord? What does it mean to have a desire to please God or to allow God to be Lord of our lives? Actually, it is not that complicated of an answer. To love the Lord or to desire to have Him Lord of our life is simply to love what God loves. And what does God love: His church!
In Matthew 16, we have a question asked by our Lord to His disciples: “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” A study of the following verses gives us that great confession of Peter, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Now, one would think that with that response from Peter, our Lord would have patted him on the back and told him what a good boy he was and then went on about His ministry. He does pat him on the back and tells him he is blessed, but what our Lord states next is an eye-opener for the church today.
It is upon this great confession that Jesus states He will build His church. Build His church: now that is an interesting statement! I know there are those who would argue that Christ is referring to the universal church, sometimes referred to as the invisible church, (which, by the way, the church is doing a good job today of staying invisible), and they would be correct. But we need to understand the universal church is made visible by the local church. By building His church, we must understand it to mean more than the universal church and should include the local church which is made up of members of the universal church.
This is our Lord’s great love. When one takes a bird’s eye view of the New Testament, we find ten letters written to local churches, three letters written to pastors of local churches and the last book, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, begins with a letter written to seven different churches. It seems obvious to this writer that the local church is special to our Lord and is His function unit during the age of Grace. Even a study of the Spiritual Gifts shows us that these gifts were given to serve the church.
To love the Lord, we need to love what our Lord loves and our Lord loves the church, therefore, the conclusion can be drawn that if one does not love the church, that person does not love what our Lord loves, thus that person does not love the Lord. I am not saying there is NO love for the Lord, but after all, we are told to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
Hopefully, you are a member of a local church, if not join, and then love it, support it, plan your calendar around it, and serve it with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.
If you are looking for a warm atmosphere where the Word of God is preached, then Wilton Bible Baptist is your place. Our commitment to rightly divide the Word of Truth is our top priority, in fact, the preaching of the Word of God is central to all we do. When you visit Wilton Bible Baptist, one thing you will hear for certain is the Word. We believe the Word of God is very relevant to today's culture and has all the answers to today's problem. There is nothing you face today that the Word of God does not address.
If you have spiritual needs, or your life seems to be falling apart, let us help by showing you the love of Christ and by teaching you the Word of God. If you are just hungering to learn more and want the unadulterated truth of the Word of God, then come and visit us on a Sunday. You won't be disappointed.
Hope to see you soon,
Pastor Jim Thompson
Keep Looking Up * Colossians 3:1-4