February 25, 2018

Sermon September 7, 2014: Spotless Together

Today Pastor Dan’s sermon is titled “Spotless Together” and his scripture reference is Ephesians 5:25-27. Follow along:

DSCN7189“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)

1. Love the Church because it is spotless.
• It’s His church. He has cleansed it, made it holy, radiant and gave Himself up for it.
• He protects it.
(How do I know this? For one, it’s hard to kill a church and impossible to kill The Church.)

Problem: But the church is a mess!
Fact: The Head is perfect, the body that he is grafting in is flawed.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:18)
Answer: Yup.

Problem: The church is too political.
Answer: Yup.

DSCN72082. Love the Church because it changes lives, attitudes, character and eternities.
• Is anything more important than that?
• Lots of organizations do good things.
• Only one organization changes eternities.

Problem: Well, the church should be doing ___________________.
Solution: Then do it.

3. Love the Church because there are amazing relationships we can enjoy within it.
• To enjoy those relationships takes a continually developing maturity.
• To enjoy those relationships takes a celebration of what we have in common and a celebration of our uniqueness.

4. Without Jesus, we are a crusty, sorry lot.
• To not be in relationship with the church you’re picking crustiness.
• To be critical rather than helpful you’re picking crustiness.
• The only way to be un-crusty is to allow the Husband of the Church to cleanse us and prepare us.

Songs: Come Christians Join To Sing, I Saw The Light, 23rd Psalm, How Great Is Our God, Jesus Paid It All, and Thy Word

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