07.13.14 Worship Confessional

Apostles-Creed-Banner1“Jesus Christ, as he is attested to us in Holy Scripture, is the one Word of God which we have to hear and which we have to trust and obey in life and in death. We reject the false doctrine, as though the church could and would have to acknowledge as a source of its proclamation, apart from and besides this one Word of God, still other events and powers, figures and truths, as God’s revelation.” (The Theological Declaration of Barmen, written in 1934 by the confessing church in Germany)

Yesterday as we continued our series, “We Believe,” we explored the truths expressed in the creed about the second member of the Trinity. “We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” The early church gave the person and work of Jesus the greatest weight in this creed because our faith hinges on who Jesus is and what Jesus has done. That was true in the earliest days of the church and remains truth to this day.

In his book, The Apostles Creed for Today, Justo González writes:

“Time has passed, and it would seem that the claim that Jesus Christ is Lord has become commonplace and has lost most of its edge. We tend to think that the lordship of Christ is it purely religious statement, or at best a statement about how we are to conduct our daily lives. We tend to think that this is one of many commitments we have and that it exists side-by-side with our commitments to: family, nation, church, political philosophy, political party, and so forth. But the lordship of Christ, properly understood, questions or at least limits every other lordship and every other allegiance. When the early Christians declared, “I believe in … Jesus Christ … our Lord,” they were not making an innocuous statement. Nor are we. We are saying that our ultimate commitment is not to family, not to nation, not to church, but to him. We are rejecting every absolute nationalism. We are rejecting any other unconditional allegiance. Otherwise, he is not truly “bur Lord,” but one more among our many lords.”

What would it look like if the church today declared in word and deed that “Jesus Christ is Lord?”

Here is our compete worship flow:

  • Your Name (Paul Baloche)
  • Your Grace Finds Me (Matt Redman)
  • Reading from Psalm 145
  • Hear the Sound (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • The Apostles Creed
  • This We Believe (Hillsong)
  • Message (We Believe in Jesus Christ)
  • Jesus, Son of God (Chris Tomlin)
  • Benediction: Jude 24-25

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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