by Brad Whitt

How To Love Your Church
Dr. Brad Whitt
1st Chronicles 29:3

INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and I want you to be finding your place at the Old Testament book of 1st Chronicles if you would. I know that's not a book that you turn to every morning your during your quiet time, so I'll give you a little extra time to find it. But once you've found 1st Chronicles, go ahead and find the 29th chapter, and the third verse. Got it? 1st Chronicles 29:3.

And while you're finding your place there, let me go ahead and tell you what I'm going to be doing during this morning's message. (This is what you might call the "fine print.")

• First, I'm going to read part of our text to get started.
• Then I'm going to share with you something that the Lord showed me that I think will help you to understand what we're going to be talking about today.
• And then I'm going to get real practical and real personal on this whole matter of you and your relationship with your church.

Now, here's the verse -

1st Chronicles 29:3, ""Moreover, because I have set my affection (notice that, because that's going to be very important) on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God. . . "

Now, let me tell you what happened.

ILLUS: I was preaching at a little church over in the great state of Arkansas. It was a very small church in a very small building that I would hazard a guess of being 60 to 80 years old. It sat out in a little grove of trees out in the middle of a bunch of rice fields, just off of a little asphalt road, out in the middle of nowhere. (As a matter of fact, Pastor Reeder texted me last night to let me know that he was going to a tarapin derby. Now, for you city folks, that's a turtle race.)

I tell you all of that not so much to tell you about the church as to tell you something that I learned about myself. You see, I like things to look a certain way. I like things to smell a certain way. I mean, ...

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