Steve’s Travels – loving the church

I’ve been away from Grace Church on a couple of Sundays recently, but in case you think I’ve been slacking off …

March 13th

I preached at Westminster Chapel, London – a fantastic Commission Church in the heart of London, surrounded by a city of around 8.5 million people.

Steve Petch at Westminster Chapel - Steve Petch BlogJo came with me and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. While I was preaching someone was running a meeting for new members in another room – definitely a good sign!

I preached on a favourite subject: “Passion for the Church”, just click on the link if you want to listen.

March 20th

I preached at East Beach Evangelical Church, Selsey – another great church, this one based in a seaside location, surrounded by a town of around 10,000 people.

The church has a gifted new leader (go Phil!) and has seen some good recent growth and even had to take a wall down to make space for the extra people. Baptisms are planned and I’m enjoying helping this church build links with Commission.

Again I preached on a favourite subject: “Passion for the Church.”

Love Local Church - Steve Petch Blog

So, why did I pick the same topic for both churches, despite their very different situations? Well, because I believe that the call to love and build the church needs to be heard by every believer in every generation. It transcends our geographical location. To quote Bill Hybels,

“The local church is the hope of the world”

If we are living our life as God intended then it will be unmistakably marked by a passion for the church.

Jesus loves the church

Jesus is building his church

Jesus knows each church individually

Jesus is coming back for his church – his plans for the church will last into eternity