Series: The Dearest Place on Earth
The Dearest Place on Earth: The Bride
August 30, 2020 | Sam Shaw
Pastor Sam introduces a new 5-week series on the church called: The Dearest Place on Earth. As imperfect as it is, the church is the dearest place on earth to us.
Here are some questions that we hope you'll take a few minutes to think through and answer. And if you are watching with others, please take the opportunity to discuss these questions aloud.
- How would you counsel someone who has been wounded by the church and now wants nothing to do with it?
- Do you consider the church the dearest place on earth? Why? Why not?
- Where have you seen the beauty of the church?
- What helps you maintain pure and sincere devotion to Christ?
- What keeps you from full pure and sincere devotion to Christ?
On April 5, 1891, Charles Spurgeon said the following:
“Give yourself to the Church. You that are members of the Church have not found it perfect and I hope that you feel almost glad that you have not. If I had never joined a Church till I had found one that was perfect, I would never have joined one at all! And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect Church after I had become a member of it.
Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us… All who have first given themselves to the Lord, should, as speedily as possible, also give themselves to the Lord’s people. How else is there to be a Church on the earth? If it is right for anyone to refrain from membership in the Church, it is right for everyone, and then the testimony for God would be lost to the world!
As I have already said, the Church is faulty, but that is no excuse for your not joining it, if you are the Lord’s. Nor need your own faults keep you back, for the Church is not an institution for perfect people, but a sanctuary for sinners saved by grace, who, though they are saved, are still sinners and need all the help they can derive from the sympathy and guidance of their fellow believers.
The Church is the nursery for God’s weak children where they are nourished and grow strong. It is the fold for Christ’s sheep—the home for Christ’s family.”
This four-week sermon series will look at the bride, it's people, and the head of the church, Jesus Christ. No church is perfect. But still, as imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth.