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..Love or Die (Official Opening of Logos)

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..Love or Die (Official Opening of Logos)
..Page 2 Introduction
..Page 3 The commendation of Jesus
..Page 4 The criticism of Jesus
.. Page 5 The command of Jesus
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In starting a new church, we need an early reminder of what we should and should not be. What we are not going to do is to bombard Logos with 500 new laws which will define who we are. It is so easy to all look the same, all do the same and all speak the same, but in the meantime we can all be dying spiritually at the same time. Church is about the Kingdom of God, it is about the God of all things and not the things of God. We must desire Him and not only His.

So even though it is not about new laws, there is however one law that I need to give us this morning and that rule is what God calls ‘the greatest commandment”.

Now for our opening day and for this sermon I want to focus on how this commandment played out in the history of a church, and I pray that we will learn from history so that we do not make the same mistakes all over again.

We all know this commandment so well, namely “we must love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbour as ourselves…” That is exactly what our Church Logo Represents.

Loving the Lord Jesus Christ is what Christianity is all about. It is about a love relationship. We love because He has first loved us. Unfortunately, just as in our love towards one another, this love can fluctuate unless we work hard at it and focus on it all the days of our lives. When we stop loving God as we should we will not love our neighbour as we should.

One of the saddest situations in the context of the family is when a husband and wife no longer love one another, but yet they share the same bed, the same dinner table and the same home. One of the reasons they stay in the marriage that is often mentioned is ‘for the sake of the children’ or ‘we cannot afford to separate.’ Eventually at some point the practical demonstration of marriage dies. The fact however, is that it was dead long ago, the stench just simply had to meet up with the day to day reality as far as practical living is concerned. From my experience as a pastor who has conducted many weddings, none of these couples have ever got married with the purpose of separating and in most cases they were madly in love with one another and the marriage started well. It starts so well that babies are born, right? Sadly, when trials come the wedding day and their first love are sadly forgotten.

This sadly, is often a picture of the church. Church pews around the world are filled with people who claim to be the bride of Christ, but who have fallen out of love with Jesus and the children of God. They still want the fringe benefits of a relationship with Him. They want to be part of his church where they can be hatched (born), matched (married) and dispatched (buried). There are many who in spite of no love for Christ still come together to sing, pray, give and worship, but there is no love for Christ. They might not do it all for the sake of the kids, but for the sake of tradition, friendships in the church, silencing a guilt conscience, but in reality all they are experiencing is spiritual apathy.

My prayer for Logos on our opening day, today the 4th of March 2012 is that we will start well and end well. That we will be like the couple who after 60 years of marriage sat in the back of the church holding hands and proclaiming that they are still getting to know each other better by the day. Oh how I pray that the testimony of Logos in the years to come will be ‘the longer we serve Him the sweeter He grows.’

We have a story in the Bible of a church that was enjoying the privileges of marriage without the love that binds the marriage together, a church that forgot the first commandment namely to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and their neighbour as themselves. This church we read about in Revelation 2 and it is the church of Ephesus.

Revelation 2:1-7 (ESV) “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 “ ‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’