Why We End Our Sunday Meetings with a Benediction

Each Sunday at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville one of the pastors ends our meeting with a benediction, which literally means "good word". This past Sunday, Jeff Purswell explained why. Listen to the audio or read the transcript below.

We end our Sunday meetings with what's called a benediction. We do this, not because churches do this. We do this, not to honor some tradition. We want the last word in our worship to be God's. Not my musings, not my well-wishes - we want the last word to be God's. And so, we give a benediction at the end, which is an authoritative pronouncement of God's blessing on His people. That's why we do it. And so, as we depart and long for this ambition "To live is Christ and to die is gain," to be true of us, let's hear God's commitment to us expressed in Paul's prayer:

"May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:17-21 ESV)