Our mission is to connect people with God’s love and help them live as committed followers of Christ. We do this by Connecting people to God through worship & prayer, helping them Grow in their faith through classes & groups, and by leading people to Serve and Reach so others might also know Christ.
Who is Jesus?
Which is harder: To say that God is everywhere, or that God has become a human being? Is it easier to say that God is far away or very near?
What is harder to believe: That God is everywhere, or that God is one of us?
Philosophers go for the low-hanging fruit and pick the former rather than the latter. But if God is everywhere, then there is nowhere He can be found. God becomes abstract, like a force or a feeling. In times of trouble, it is very hard to find that sort of a god. Like moments of joy, such a god slips quickly through our fingers.
It is harder to say that God became one of us. This means that God is close. To say it in the way of Dr. Martin Luther (not King Jr.): He is so near that He cannot be any nearer.
This is who Jesus is. God near us. Not far away, ignorant of our existence. Not just watching from afar. Not distant, aloof from our suffering. But near, in the flesh, available and present and distributed to His people every day, every week, all our lives. Christ Jesus is the God who is near.
Jesus, the God-man, makes us think differently about God. God has come into our world. He is not up there somewhere — we are unsure where. He has come through a uterus, been washed and diapered.
He has cried and felt cold, pain and joy. He drank wine. He worked, sweated, grew tired, slept. He has eaten, been annoyed, felt the sting of rejection and ridicule. God has become one of us. God has done all these things, and all these things have happened to God. Jesus is God near us.
This offends. Philosophers prefer the god who is far away — and everyone can be such a philosopher.
No college degree is required.
But the God who is near, Jesus, will not be pushed far away. He becomes one of us to be most near us in every part of our lives. He is like us and, therefore, knows us. Although God is no sinner, He takes our sins on Himself and dies for them on a cross. In that moment, God is the most sinful of us all. God dies in our flesh, His flesh. He is come in our flesh to save those who have flesh, those who suffer from their flesh and those who sin in their flesh. He does this because of His compassion for those who are like Him. God is a great lover of sinners. That’s Jesus.
The Scriptures testify to this. Join us in listening to God’s Word as it tells us that in Jesus, God walks among us.
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We practice infant baptism because Jesus invites little children to come to Him and also because God’s promises are for all people, including infants. God is the one who, through his powerful Word connected to water, makes us His own. The “action” originates with God, not with the baptismal candidate. Speaking of the waters of the flood, the writer of 1 Peter tells us “this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you . . . . It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 3:20, 21). Baptism is not the only way an individual can come to faith in Jesus . . . but it is the only biblical way an infant can come to faith in Jesus.
Baptism begins the journey of faith that calls for a personal, active, on-going, living relationship with Jesus. Responsibility falls on parents, family, Godparents and the congregational community to walk beside the newly baptized, encouraging and offering opportunities for them to grow in their faith.
At the heart of our worship, teaching, preaching and serving is the Gospel. The unexpected good news that Jesus’ sacrificial death frees you from sin and offers you a Christ-filled life now and in the world to come. The Gospel has no “yes, but“, “except“, or “if you” . . . it is simply a resounding “Yes, I love you and I died for you.“
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” (John 3:16, The Message)
The Gospel is not:
- A rule to follow
- A task to accomplish
- A goal to work toward
The Gospel is:
- A free gift
- A freeing power for daily living
- Jesus’ life, death and resurrection
- And thankfully the Gospel is for you . . . and for all people.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.