Going Deeper 01.11.2021
An excerpt from yesterday's message...

Have you noticed that both creeds are missing some vitally important details? The Apostles’ Creed says that Jesus was “Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary…… suffered under Pontius Pilate”?! The Nicene Creed summarizes it this way: “Was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man…… and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate”?! What?! What about all that happened in between? Jesus wasn’t merely born and then died and rose again. Jesus lived a life of extraordinary loving, gracious, and compassionate service, filled with signs and miracles, and vitally important teaching.

This is a glaring weakness of the creeds, one which reflects a major problem with the focus of the Church throughout these many generations. Jesus did not merely come to be born and then to die so that when we die we go to heaven. And all we need to do is believe that and we are good to go. No… Jesus came to begin the process of restoring the kingdom of God here on earth as it is in heaven (familiar words?), a process which will culminate when He returns. Faith does not merely save us; faith also changes and restores us.

So, I urge us to be intentional about our worship. There may be some value in going through the motions of going to church, singing the songs, following the liturgy, saying our prayers, and listening to sermons we hope to find interesting. I guess these are at least some good habits.

But they must become more than that! We gather here to encounter God together, to learn and to grow, and to come together to support and encourage and celebrate with one another. We gather to respond to our calling to be involved in our collective mission and ministry, engaged in the wonderful honor of serving as instruments through whom God continues to carry out His mission. We are here for the purpose of engaging in the meaningful work of strengthening and extending the Kingdom of God.

​With You in His Service,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington
"Gratefully Growing Servants"