Today I had the opportunity to be in a couple of hospitals, and the patients I was visiting were commenting that Madison Christian Church is a very caring church. They were thankful for the prayers, cards, calls, etc., that came to them from the church family. Whenever that is pointed out to me, which is often, I readily agree that this is a very loving church – a special church. That is just the way it is supposed to be. If you go back to the first-century church in the book of Acts, you see that those believers cared deeply for one another and were committed to each other.
The level of care at Madison Christian Church is very high. Those who began this congregation back in 1975 had a great understanding of those 42 “one another” passages in the New Testament. From day one, this has been a deeply interpersonal church. One of the people I was visiting today said to me, “You deserve so much of the credit for that.” I thanked her for saying that but quickly clarified that Madison Christian Church was that kind of a caring, loving church long before I arrived. I have had the privilege of knowing many, in fact, most, of the Charter Members of the church, and they made it a hallmark of this church to take care of others. Those folks had some major goals: Build a house of worship, begin a Christian school, etc., but their unspoken goal was always that this be a place where people, all people, are deeply loved. Regardless of their situation, their socio-economy circumstances, problems, hurts, struggles – this is a welcoming, caring congregation. It is part of the DNA of this church.
As you know, 2021 has been a bit of a rough year so far for the Barnes family. We have dealt with loss and are dealing with sickness. Through all of that, we have had the opportunity to experience first-hand the amazing love of this church. People are praying for our family. Diane and I walk out of here on Sunday with cards and gift bags. Food is delivered to our house. I could go on and on.
There are a lot of reasons for you to share this church with other people. The most important reason is that Jesus commanded us to share the gospel with others so they might know him and be with him for all eternity. Another really great reason is that we want every possible person to experience for themselves the love that is in this place.