Pastor's Message



DISCIPLEGRAM

The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Preschool & Child Care

743 22-1/2 Avenue, Cumberland, WI

Area Code 715; Office 822-8690; FAX 822-5018

Web Site:www.stpaulcumberland.com; E-Mail: spc100@ centurytel. net

Pastor: John Miels, miels@centurytel.net

Secretary: Barb Ohlemann (Tue-Fri, 8-1)

Preschool Director; Gretchen Frendt (822-8404)

Disciplegram

SOMETHING TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO

Allahu Akbar, Our God is an Awesome God

We do well to say that God is great. We do better even better when we say who exactly our God is, and what He has done that we sing His praises. 

And so as Christians we confess creeds. Yes, creeds! A written statement of what we believe and confess. It should not be to American minds such a foreign thing. Politically speaking, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are our creeds. They serve as summary statements of who we are as a nation, born in liberty established in natural rights.

So also, the Apostles Creed, which most simply speaks of our Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In a short statement of faith, a summary of scripture, we confess the Father as our creator, review the work of Christ, His Son, and celebrate the Spirit's ongoing work among us. The Nicene Creed then goes into more detail, dealing especially with the heresies that denied Christ's divinity. Now, in some ways, the creeds are not as immediately exhilarating, that causes us a raw burst of emotion. In some ways, they may seem routine, like brushing and flossing our teeth. But, don't brush or floss for a while, and see what happens. Soon, you'll find yourself no longer able to bite into a juicy apple, or even solid foods.

And indeed, when you look at much of American Christianity, it's bland. Those who say, "Allahu Akbar," are using the same words as we, when we say, "Our God is an awesome God." The question is, will we know enough to tell others the difference. Allah is not the same God we confess and is really no god at all. Knowing who our God is... telling the difference...is to then know who we are and why we are different. But then, some churches by running away from the creeds, have done themselves and their neighbors no favors. Mormonism, with its denial of the divinity of Christ, is our own homegrown Islam. Throw into the mix the Jehovah's Witnesses, and the Scientologists. Then, we might add the Oneness Pentecostals, who can't make heads or tails of Father and Son. Even many congregations in the ELCA do not confess the Triune God because they do not trust the scriptures.

So, when you get up in the morning, brush your teeth. And when you go to church, confess the creed. With the Apostles Creed you brush, and with the Nicene you floss, and with the Athanasian Creed you gargle, swish, and rinse And, as is the case with truth confessed, it becomes compelling. We live what we believe and confess because it’s in our hearts and so we confess. What joy it is to know our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and then to celebrate the life of Christ, who is very God of very God, and who for us men and our salvation came down from heaven to win for us salvation. For what you will find is that the truth, in its details is refreshing and satisfying, and your praise will become for the world a life-giving confession.

Enjoy the life Christ has won for you, trust in His promises, serve Him and your neighbor,

Pastor John



 


Your brother in Christ,

Pastor John