OUR SUNDAY GATHERINGS ARE THE PRIMARY MEANS THROUGH WHICH SOJOURN'S MEMBERS ARE EQUIPPED FOR THE WORK OF MINISTRY (EPHESIANS 4:12).
Every Sunday, one of our elders (pastors) or church planting residents will preach a sermon from Scripture. At Sojourn, we believe the Bible is the authoritative and incorruptible written word of God, and through the Bible, we see Jesus most clearly revealed. Thus, we gather together for the sake of listening, thinking upon, and engaging with what’s being preached (exhortation) so as to live out the commands of Christ within the context of the local church (application).
Scripture instructs us to teach, admonish, and address one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). Our singing is an outward artistic expression of truth, a visible testament to the reality of the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts. We sing to express joy and adoration to God, to confess our sin, to lament our fallen state, to remember the grace and mercy afforded by the cross, and to express our desire to obey the commands of Christ. If you’re a guest with us, we invite you to participate inasmuch as you feel comfortable.
Following every sermon, we share in the sacrament of Communion. Communion (or the Lord's Supper) was instituted by Christ himself (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). The bread represents Christ's body broken on our behalf, and the wine represents Christ's blood spilled on our behalf. In addition, we periodically celebrate Baptism, a sacrament having to do with entrance into the Church. These sacraments are God's pledge to us, divinely ordained means of communing with God, our public vows of submission to the crucified and resurrected Christ, and anticipations of Christ's return and renewal of all things.