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No this morning, I want to talk to you about Christ's love for His bride, the Church.
I want to speak to you about His devotion and sacrifice for what is, for Him, the unrivaled passion of His heart.
Around 80 percent of American evangelical churches are plateaued or declining.
When asked, people give the standard answers: church is irrelevant, boring, hypocritical, after my money.
May I challenge you to an alternate conclusion based on the evidence from Scripture? And as I read it, I want to encourage you look beyond the secondary application to husbands to the primary application of Jesus and the church.And I want to argue that if the church means this much to Jesus, it ought to mean that much to you and me.In fact, I want to pick up on this analogy that Paul uses of Christ's love for the church and ask you a very important question: Are you married or just dating the church? Dating is a kind of trial period in a relationship where your commitments are soft, relationships are tentative, and you keep your options open.I get to stand in the center of that aisle alongside the groom, so I get to the best view in the house.
Tell you what I like to do: I always cut a look over at the groom's face.Marriage is a covenant relationship of devotion and sacrifice and joy.