A REAL GOOD FEEL GOOD CHURCH
The Ohatchee Church of Christ has been (rightly) called a “real good feel good Church.” Although I am not sure that the one saying it meant it as a compliment it is nonetheless true. Of course, we don’t feel good about our sins, or about the lost, or about the pain some in our Church family is going through, or the moral deterioration of our society, or numerous other things, but our members do feel good about being part of the Ohatchee Church of Christ. It is indeed a real good feel good Church and for good reason. (It is much like when we celebrate Memorial Day in our country. We do not feel good about our soldiers having to die, but we do feel good about living in a country that honors their sacrifices. We do not feel good about Jesus having to die, but we do feel good about what His death has accomplished for us.) And why wouldn’t we feel good about this Church? Why wouldn’t we feel good about a Church that is all about Jesus Christ? With us in this Church of Christ it is much more than just a name. It is a Church that is:
A. BUILT by Jesus (Matt. 16:18)
1. According to His eternal purpose (Eph. 3:10-11)
2. According to His personal promise (Mt. 16:18).
B. BOUGHT by Jesus (Acts 20:28).
1. The purchase price (1 Pet. 1:18-20; Acts 20:28)
2. His precious life (Eph. 5:25)
C. BASED on Jesus (Matt. 7:24)
1. Faithful to His word (Mt. 7:24-27).
2. Following His ways (1 Pet. 2:21).
D. BLESSED by Jesus (Eph. 1:3).
1. His Presence among us (Mt. 18:20; Rev. 1:13 & 20).
2. His Power within us (1 Jn. 4:4; Eph. 3:20).
3. His People around us (Jn. 13:35 ).
II. At the Ohatchee Church of Christ we have learned that a Christian does not have to be sarcastic in order to be sound. He does not have to ridicule in order to be right. He does not have to be hateful in order to be faithful. We can teach the right message…in the right manner…with the right members. It is our business to decide what Jesus wants us to do as believers…not decide what He is going to do with other believers. Jesus has not judged us to be qualified…to judge who is qualified. But He has taught us that we should seek to do our best as believers…and let Him deal with the rest of the believers (Jn. 5:22; Rom. 14:4). Since Jesus has sought us and bought us and taught us…His love has caught us. As part of His family we are saved, sure, and secure in Christ. This makes for real good feel good group of Christians. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).