She’s the Bride of Christ and she is loved by God, but we don’t often stop to celebrate her. One day that will be different. In Revelation 21, God describes the day when Jesus returns and all things are made right as a wedding ceremony. On that great day, the Church is celebrated and presented as “a bride adorned for her husband.” God loves the church and Jesus died for the church.
It is easy for us to slip into a mentality where the church is just a means to an end. After all, the church is a means to an end in many senses. Through the church we find fellowship, love, teaching, discipleship, and especially the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The Church is a means of grace. But in our individualistic and consumer driven society we can easily view the church as simply one of many “service providers,” i.e., “What have you done for me lately,” rather than the Bride of Christ who is worthy of our love, honor, respect, and sacrificial service.
This Sunday at Church of the Redeemer we take a break from our series on the Fruits of the Spirit to throw something I’m calling “A Bridal Shower for the Bride of Christ.” Some of our women will be sharing about how God has blessed, helped, and grown them through Church of the Redeemer. We’ll also have a special moment of prayer for our rising Middle School students as their role in and connection to Christ’s Bride changes in this new stage of their lives.
As you prepare for worship, take some time to reflect and meditate on the following passages: John 17:20-26, Ephesians 5:25-27, & Hebrews 10:19-25. As you do that, take some time to think about and remember how God has blessed you through his Bride and prepare your heart to thank him and worship him for the gift of the Church.
Yours in Christ,