My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Mission Statement (only not so CG)

This is a sample from a brochure of a church pamphlet. It was originally composed at Mequon during a evangelism conference. It comes from Rev. Gregory Jackson of Bethany Lutheran Church an independent Lutheran congregation. I have not always agreed with everything he has said, but this is the most confessional statement I have found to be used in such a way.' His Website is I would caution you of going there if you believe "The Holy Christian Church" refers only to the WELS. The Rev. Jackson searches for the truth at all costs, his tone is polemical but I've found his material refreshing and enlightening. (If not always agreeable)

In an age of anxiety, we still believe that peace comes from Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

In an age of confusion, we still believe that the Bible is the Word of God, inerrant and infallible.

In an age of doubt, we still believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

In an age of guilt, we still believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to remove the power of sin, death, and Satan from our lives.

In an age of fear, we still believe that Christ rose bodily from the dead to win for us eternal life.

In an age of self-centeredness, we still believe that God acts through the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.

In an age of constant change, we still believe in the unchanging Holy Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

"If you hold to my teaching, then you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 8:31-32

Rev Gregory Jackson, used with permission


Anonymous said...

Michael. That is almost exactly the We Belive Statement printed inside of Crossroads Worship Folder. Rachel

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, a quick google search shows that there are other WELS congregations and even a CELC congregation that also use this "Mission Statement".

Re Gregory Jackson, be aware that while some of what he writes is "good", he does not believe in and is a very vocal opponent of objective or universal justification (which I suppose is one of the reasons that to my knowledge he is not in fellowship with any major (or even minor) Lutheran body). There are really good essays on the subject of objective justification by Prof. S. Becker, see, e.g.,

Anonymous said...

This Statement is also on quite a number of CLC (Church of the Lutheran Confession) websites.