Our New Normal
While you’ve been adjusting to your new normal at home and in your community, we’ve made a few changes as well.
Current Sermon Series
Jesus commanded us to make disciples of people from all nations, teaching them “everything” He commanded us. He also explicitly stated His own purpose:
…I will build My Church… (Matthew 16:18)
Jesus’ purpose is to build His Church. That must be our purpose: to work in the building of His Church. Just because we have a church doesn’t mean it is His; and just because we are involved in a lot of religious activity doesn’t mean that He is building His Church. Our purpose must be to work in the building of His Church.
The simplicity of the New Testament pattern of planting churches stands in bold contrast to the complexity of our patterns in the Lutheran church. And, their extraordinary success also stands in contrast to ours. To the extent that church planting movements in China, Africa, South America and other places have followed the New Testament pattern, they have also been blessed with a similar measure of success.
To rediscover the simple New Testament pattern is the hope of this series.
July 12 – Pastor Thomas Brashears – Understanding the Church
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.