“Are you in the garden business?”, you might ask. If you meant selling garden tools and stuff, then we are not.
Yet in some ways we are in the garden business. People are like plants in the field that need to be sown in the fertile soil, watered, nurtured and grown. Later they will bring out healthy and delicious fruits that can feed many. I remember those days in my childhood when we had a garden in the backyard. There were many shallow boxes called seedbeds that were filled with rich soil on which we would plant seeds and then water it. We kept those boxes in the greenhouse until the seedlings were ready to be transplanted. When the seedlings were ready or if they had two to three sets of leaves and well developed roots then we would replant them in pots and took care of them one by one. It reminds me of Christ’s words in John 15 when he said, “the Father is the gardener.” It is a picture of God’s providential love and concern for you and me. He takes care of us, grows us, prunes us and makes us fruitful.
Why Seedbed as a name? The name is a good illustration of our mission to plant the gospel of Christ in the hearts of the people around us. We are committed to faithfully and lovingly teach all nations the teachings of Jesus Christ so that they will know God, become mature in the faith and obedient to Him. As Christ’s disciples we are then “replanted” in places where God will use us to reach out to those who need Him. Seedbed Church is a place where the seed of faith is planted in the hearts of people and nurtured to bear fruit. It is a place to grow our love for God, our mutual love and concern for one another and compassion for the broken world.
We’d like to be a church where everyone could feel at home and where spiritual and emotional renewal and restoration could take place. We’d like to worship the living God in a way that reflects His truth and expresses our true heart.
Seedbed Church will be multiethnic in composition. Diversity will be our building block to establish a community of faith that is united in love and obedience to Christ and His Word. We are unapologetically Bible-centered in conviction, evangelical in passion and missional in purpose.
While we look forward to our first worship celebration on April 27, 2014, we have already begun ministering to people and connecting them to the Lord through sharing and prayers. We have been making friends and trying to connect to our community. Our new home is at Sierra Madre Congregational Church located at 170 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA 91024.
Sunday Worship is at 2:00PM beginning April 27, 2014. We hope you could come and be blessed.
(Updated April 1, 2014)