Thursday, February 18, 2010

Louis C. Love, Jr.: The Doors of the Church are Opened (And How I Walked In)!: An African American's Journey into Reformed Christianity

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Louis C. Love, Jr., pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Vernon Hills, IL, will address the theme: "The Doors of the Church are Opened (And How I Walked In)!: An African American's Journey into Reformed Christianity".

Tonight's theme has been taken from the title of the chapter our guest Louis C. Love contributed to the book Glory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity.

In describing his personal journey into Reformed Christianity our guest said: "Many [African-Americans] have come from faulty understandings of the gospel, and when hearing the doctrines of grace, their hearts are set free. Was I truly a believer back in the day when I walked forward, took my seat, got baptized, and received the right hand of fellowship, obtaining all the rights and privileges of any other member of the church? Probably not. Was I truly 'saved' when I asked Jesus in my heart on that peaceful weekday evening? I really don't know. However, as my mother used to say, 'I know one thing'--when the Lord gripped my heart with the truth of his sovereign grace from the pages of the book of Romans, 'the doors of the church were opened,' and by God's amazing grace, I most assuredly walked in."

Louis C. Love, Jr. was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He and Jamie were married February 10, 1979. Louis and his family moved to Dallas, Texas where he and Jamie attended the Dallas Bible College. Four
years later he and his family returned to South Bend where he pastored two Churches, New Hope Baptist Church and New Life Bible Baptist Church.

Louis and his family moved to Lake County Illinois in 1992 and became members of First Southern Baptist Church in Waukegan under the Pastorate of Mitchell Dowell. Following in the steps of his great grandfather Abraham Bunting, and desiring to impact the Church with the truth of the Gospel, Louis sensed the call to become a Church planter and it was at this time in 1997 that he planted the New Life Fellowship Church in Vernon Hills. What began as a Church plant built upon the expository preaching of the Word of God, quickly blossomed into a heart-felt urgency to spread the truth of the Historic teachings of the Reformation to the people of central Lake County.

Louis in his spare time (though limited) can be found reading and discussing theological works from the Puritan era with Jamie, rummaging second hand book shops with his buddy Mike Goolsby and weather permitting, grilling for family and friends. Louis and Jamie have three adult children, Janelle, Louis III (wife Marcy), and Stephen. They have seven grandchildren, Jeremiah, Louis IV, Victoria, Nehemiah, Johanan, Lydia, and Naomi Faye.

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