Our current series, “Better Together”, we have been looking at what life looks like as God’s church, as God’s family. We are reminded by Paul that church is not something we “go to” or something we “attend” or something we “do on a Sunday”, instead, it is that we “are the church”.

So, to then ask that wonderful “Lutheran” question: what does this mean?

The short history of “the church” is one that is intimately tied with the gospel message, the Good News, the reason we, “as church”, exist. God created everything good and wonderful include humans. And humans, believing the devil’s lie, wanted to be like God so turned their backs on Him by sinning, and have continued to find ways to shut God out of their lives. The triune God of the Bible, in infinite love, had a plan all along. Jesus, the Father’s eternal Son, stepped into time, by the Holy Spirit and through the virgin Mary, to live the life we cannot live, to die the death we deserved to die and to give us the eternal life we can never earn. It is through this: Jesus, God himself, in whom we have the amazing free gift of forgiveness and eternal life. AND, in Jesus we are not only forgiven and set free, but are adopted as sons and daughters of the eternal King…God rescued us AND made us family. It is this family that “is the church”.

So, it is this “church”, this “family” which we have heard is “better together” over the past few weeks. And this Sunday we conclude our series by looking at what “better together” looks like as we live our lives together “as church”, together as family.

In His service, Pastor Roelof

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