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March  2019

 

 

        As we continue to consider the way we worship in the church and why, we begin this month looking at our Confession of Faith. This part of our liturgy falls after the scripture reading, and it is the time in our service when we once again affirm before one another and God what it is that we believe.

            Now, for some, like it can be with other parts of our liturgy, this can be a time of mindless repetition, where we simply go through the motions, say what needs to be said, and then move on to the next thing. But this is actually a very important aspect of our worship, and one that we should be especially thinking about as we go through it. And, here are some reasons why: in the confession of faith we are verbally declaring before one another and God what it is that we believe in our minds and our hearts. In other words, we’re declaring that our faith is firmly resting in this God and Savior that we confess. We might say that in that moment we are marking ourselves as His. And that’s nothing to take lightly or to simply and mindlessly mutter our way through.

            Furthermore, in the confession of faith we are declaring what we, and the church from ancient times has believed and confessed to be true in regard to God and His Word. That is, we’re taking a stand against the unbelief of the world and, standing arm in arm with one another and the entire Christian Church, we’re confessing that these things we confess are trustworthy and true.

            Finally, in the confession of faith we’re guarding ourselves and our church from false teachings. That is, we’re condemning what is false, by affirming what is true. There are a lot of religions out there that would deny most or everything we confess each Sunday morning, and there are even some “churches” who would reject what we confess in our creeds. But by making this confession we are saying that this is the historic and orthodox (correct) teaching of the church and it remains so still today.

            So, the confession of faith is important and necessary in worship for both us as individual believers and for our congregations (body of believers) as a whole, because without a common confession of faith how would we or anyone else know where we stand and what we believe in regard to God and His Word. We’ll see the importance of this even more in future articles as we look at each of the ecumenical creeds we confess. These include the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.

            In conclusion, the word creed comes from the Latin word Credo and it simply means “I believe.” This is how both the Apostles and Nicene Creeds begin. Now, why is what we believe so important? Because to believe what is false is to remain in our sin and be lead on a path to hell, but to believe and confess what is true leads to salvation and the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Paul says it like this in Romans 10:9-11, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’”

Pastor Gideon

 

       Announcements/upcoming events:

 

Our midweek Lenten Services will begin on March 6th with our Ash Wednesday service. This year we will be going through a series of sermons put out by Northwestern Publishing House (WELS) titled Three Words of Truth by Keith C. Wessel.

The schedule and sermons will be as follows:

 

  • Ash Wednesday/Midweek 1

Is It I?

Matthew 26:20-25

  • Midweek 2 

Love One Another

John 13:31-35

  • Midweek 3

Watch and Pray

Matthew 26:35-41

  • Midweek 4

I Am He

John 18:3-9

  • Midweek 5

What Is Truth?

John 18:33-40

  • Midweek 6

Take Him Away!

John 19:14-18

  • Palm Sunday

Save Us Now!

Matthew 21:1-11

  • Maundy Thursday

Take and Eat; Take and Drink

Matthew 26:26-28

  • Good Friday

It Is Finished!

John 19:28-30

  • Easter Sunday

Remember Jesus Christ: He Has Risen!

 

 

Watch past Sunday morning Services here - (click this link)

 

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