There is nothing wrong with big churches that have hundreds of members, or even thousands as long as they are teaching the true Word of God. But there is something special about a church where everyone knows your name. I drive 30 minutes one way to go to Cedar Branch Baptist Church in Jamesville, NC. I can’t imagine going anywhere else.
The Word of God is preached there inside that beautiful building….and love is spread all around. When I walk through those doors the love of the people there radiates right off of them and on to me. They are passionate people, passionate about Jesus and about others. They cry with you, laugh with you, and most importantly pray with you. They are my family. I have many spiritual mothers, fathers, and grandparents in that place.
I am always a few minutes early….so I sit and watch. I watch as the older generation stops by to greet the babies and make them smile and laugh and coo. I watch as everyone greets each other with hugs. I watch the smiles. I watch as an older gentleman, who is near and dear to my heart, claps his hands at the sound of the piano being played. I watch… and I thank God for these people.
I have never felt judged or less than in any way in the presence of any of my church family. It is an amazing feeling to be in a place where there is so much love….where there is so much heart. The love that they have for Jesus penetrates the soul and will leave you yearning to know more of that love.
I am so thankful to call Cedar Branch Baptist Church my church and the people that sit in those pews every Sunday morning my family.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.