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Sunday Service @ The Sanctuary: 464 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

 

Sunday Services @ The Sanctuary (464 E. Walnut St. Pasadena, CA 91101

10:00 am

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Sovereign Grace Church of Pasadena @ The Sanctuary

464 E. Walnut Street

Pasadena, CA 91101

 

 

We meet in The Sanctuary of the old First Congregational Church

 

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Why Church?

Sermon Title: Why Church?

Ron Boomsma

Ephesians 5:25-27

Introduction:

The church is God’s plan to display His grace to the world.  It also functions as the household of God where needy people find Jesus.  Sovereign Grace Church Pasadena focuses on building such healthy churches.  Just as marriages and parenting deteriorate without proper attention, churches require regular reminders of foundational truths in order to operate as God intends.  The following are two foundational truths.

 

Point 1:  Jesus Gave Himself for the Church

 

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,..” (v. 25).  Although marriage initially appears to be the focus of the passage, the actual emphasis is the relationship between Jesus and the church.  Christ laid down His life to save sinners and create the church.  His pure love for us, our dire need for Him, how high He resided with the Father, how low He descended to earth--such extremes persuade us to place our hope solely in Jesus.

 

“What is there lacking, or what would you add if you could, to make Christ more fit to be your

Savior?” (Jonathan Edwards)

 

Point 2: Jesus Perfects the Church

 

Salvation in Christ is just the beginning of a Christian’s journey.  Our new life, purpose, and direction is summed up in the first catechism statement that our congregation is memorizing:

 

Question:  What is our only hope in life and death?  

Answer: That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.

 

The following “one another” statements in the Bible describe a Gospel-empowered local church life that is crucial to Gospel witness:

1. Love one another (John 13:34),
2. Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50b),
3. Honor one another (Romans 12:10b),
4. Don’t judge one another (Romans 14:13),
5. Welcome one another (Romans 15:7),
6. Greet one another (1 Cor. 16:20),
7. Through love serve one another (Gal. 5:13),
8. Bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2),
9. Speak the truth (Eph. 4:25),
10. Forgive one another (Eph. 4:32),
11. Consider others before yourself (Phil 2:3-4),
12. Encourage and build one another up (1 Thess. 5:11),
13. Stir up one another (Heb. 10:24),
14. Do not slander one another (James 4:11),
15. Do not grumble against one another (James 5:9),
16. Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16),
17. Pray for one another (James 5:16), and
18. Have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7).

 

Conclusion:

 

Jesus gave Himself up for the church, and He is at work to perfect us for His glory.  We need Jesus as our Savior, and we need the church as our family.