An update from Riley Spring, Lead Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church Parramatta in Australia;
On September 15 after seven months of preparing, planning, and praying, our new church plant, Sovereign Grace Church Parramatta, officially launched! It was a beautiful morning as we gathered in our new location, a local primary school, to begin our new gospel work. We were grateful to God to see so many new faces come along and join with us for our first meeting. There were unbelievers, people from different faith backgrounds, those searching for a new church, and those who are de-churched!
There was a sense of joy and excitement amongst our team, and even from all our visitors, as we served coffee and signed kids into their program. At 10am we officially began by calling our new congregation to worship from 1 Petet 2:9-10, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” We invited two pastors to pray for us, a local pastor who I am friends with, and Patrick Chavez one of the pastors at Sovereign Grace Church Sydney, our sending church. It was a joy to demonstrate the beautiful unity of the gospel in that moment. I preached from 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 focusing on Paul’s declaration, “we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” After the service, that atmosphere of joy remained, so much so that we had to kick people out to make our pack up deadline! We finished our time by inviting everyone to our house for lunch afterwards.
I couldn’t be more grateful to God for his grace in helping us to plant the gospel here, and I cannot wait to see the fruit of His work! We love Sovereign Grace Churches and are thankful for all your prayer, support, and love!