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Jesus Loves His Church

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Jesus Loves His Church

To know Jesus is to know his church. And to love Jesus is to love his church. As Martin Luther said, “Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are?” More than a building, a meeting, an event, or a people, the church is described in Scripture as the body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, the house of God, a flock, living stones, a building, branches on a vine, and a family. Yet, if you ask people what the church is, you’re likely to get reductionistic definitions focusing on only one aspect of the church filled with partial truths or no truth at all. We must wrestle with the fullness of the church, not just our ideas of it. In doing so, only then can we say we truly love the church as Jesus does. And only then can we understand what it means to say, “We are the church.” In this sermon series, we'll explore what the church is, why it exists, and what it means for us.