Yes, yes, it is true that our relationship with Christ is between us and him. No one can believe for us. And no, technically, maybe one could say that it is possible to be a disciple of Jesus without associating in a formal way with other Christians. But let’s be honest, does anyone really believe that Christianity would survive, much less flourish without congregations of Christians who gather regularly to worship Christ and support each other?
Being a follower of Jesus is not about emotional experiences at certain times of life, nor is it a cultural ritual which identifies people as a unique group. It is a daily walk with the Lord and Savior we confess. It is a life of following him through good times and difficult trials. And it is a life lived in his family, the Church. For regardless of all the shortcomings of the Church throughout the ages, the Christian congregation is still the best place to come to know Christ and grow up in the way he wants us to live.
This Sunday we will be having a guest speaker, Pastor Michael Otterstatter, talk with us about the importance of our churches and specifically the need to have well trained pastors and teachers to serve in our congregations. As Vice-President for Mission Advancement at Martin Luther College, Pastor Otterstatter works with people of all ages who are interested in the teaching and preaching ministry. As a result of his work and that of others at Martin Luther College, thousands of lives have been touched for Christ throughout the world.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news – the best news. Celebrate the sharing of that good news with us this Sunday.
Saturday evening: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning: 10:00 am