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Here Comes the Bride
What is a “church”? For many people, “church” refers to a building, often with a steeple on top. For some people, “church” is a somewhat unexciting collection of strange people in a cold building singing old music. Other people see “church” as a place to go where they might find some meaning and purpose for their lives. In many minds, “church” is something that should care for elderly people, feed hungry people, and house homeless people, even though these minds aren’t involved themselves. We have many concepts about “church” in our minds, some are good and some not so good, some true and some not so true, some biblical and some not so biblical. Making matters more troublesome is how so many people have had terrible experiences with something calling itself a “church” which didn’t even remotely represent what the Bible calls “church” and what God intends the “church” to be. (Personally, I’ve been hurt more deeply by people calling themselves “Christians” than any non-Christian could ever hurt me. But I also know that wasn’t God’s “church”.)
To help us understand “church”, the Bible uses three key metaphors: Building, Body, Bride. We’ve all heard the idea of the church as a “building”, but most of us were thinking bricks and mortar. In the Bible, the church as a “building” is people built together as living stones with Jesus as the cornerstone (see 1 Peter 2). The Bible also talks about the church as the “body” of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12). Some might say that “we are Christ’s hands and feet”. The third metaphor is a bit more challenging – the church as the “Bride of Christ”. (Makes me think of the film, The Bride of Frankenstein, but I’m not sure why.) It’s difficult to think of a group of people as a “Bride”. Yet, the church as the Bride of Christ is becoming the dominant metaphor for the church in our day. The Bible suggests that the church as the Bride of Christ will be the key metaphor when Jesus returns (see Revelation 19).
In this series, we will be considering what it means for the church to be the Bride of Christ. We are living at an inflection point of church history, a time when everything shifts substantially in our understanding of what it means to be “church” and what it means to be “Christian”. I think the season we’re living through is as significant as the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s. We must know and affirm the Church as the Bride of Christ to participate fully in what God is doing in this day and into the future.
I hope you will join us in this season of discovery. We are filled with hope and purpose for the “church”, confident that the church is God’s strategy for reaching the world and bringing in His loving rulership to all people.
We are joining together with the Chelsea Community Church, Edith Grove, SW10 0LB during the redevelopment of our building. Everyone is welcome. See more information on our “Contact Us” page.
Married to the Boss
3 March 2024
Watch or Listen
Some Popular Resources
The Three D’s of Disruption – From the Series “The Church as God’s Agent of Disruption”. 28 June 2020
Ekklesia Rising – A revelation of the meaning of “church” in the New Testament and the difference it makes for how we serve God as church in a society hostile toward Christian faith.
Children. We love children and welcome them into all aspects of our ministry. This message talks about our approach to ministry with children. We encourage all parents to watch the message.
Preparing for Times of Crisis in Times of Peace – A testimony and talk by Karen Woods discussing how she endured through her husband’s serious illness and hospitalisation. The talk begins at the 42 minute mark.
Turmoil Ahead – A prophetic sermon given just before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, explaining the turmoil that the world would experience in the coming year.
Men. A message about healthy masculinity and being the Christian man that God has created you to be.
Resources for Living
Freedom in Christ Course
A course to help people experience and maintain their freedom in Christ. The battle for our minds, choosing to forgive and breaking strongholds are just a few topics.
Freed to Lead
A course to help Christians lead more effectively in every area of life, including the workplace. Based on the book, Freed to Lead, written by Rod
CAP Money Course
A course to help people develop and maintain a budget while managing their money more effectively. From the ministry Christians against Poverty.
Articles, Stories & Blogs
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