What is Your Truth?
Maybe the better question is, Who is your truth? The “Three Truths” have been part of St. John’s DNA and language since Pastor Dorth came to serve as Senior Pastor and Pastor Guy Roberts helped craft three expressions: It’s All His, He Saves, and His Will is What’s Best. To Christians, these Three Truths are intricately tied to what we confess in the three articles of the Apostle’s Creed. In the Gospel reading for this weekend (Luke 9:18-20), Jesus asks His disciples two questions, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” and “Who do you say that I am?” The crowds still have their opinions, and Jesus still asks you . . . His disciple, “Who do you say that I am?” What do you confess with your heart and with your lips? How does God’s identity, authority, and actions connect with your life and everything around you and beyond you? Join us this weekend in worship as we introduce the start of a 5-week sermon series called “The Three Truths: A Simple Way.” We will introduce a simple way to engage these profound truths by highlighting a word for each truth that speaks to God’s identity, authority and actions: It’s All His (Owner), He Saves (Rescuer) and His Will is What’s Best (Leader). Each week in the series we will encounter God as Owner, Rescuer and Leader in ways that apply to everyday life . . . in our culture, in our struggles, in our fears and in our hopes.
You are invited to join us for mid-week Bible studies on Wednesday and Thursday mornings or the break-out sessions in Discipleship Hour (9:25am in the School Gym) as we dig deeper into The Three Truths. Call the church office at (262) 334-4901 for details.
A Simple Way
This week in worship we dive into our first of the three truths; It’s All His. So, if God is Owner, what does he mean by “All”? As we worship to turn to God’s Word:
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16,17)
As we worship, we also celebrate to a common confession:
I believe that God has made me and all creature; that He had given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. all this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true. (Luther’s Explanation of the Second Article)
We can’t understand what He means by “all” until we first acknowledge His identity . Come and worship your perfect Heavenly Father, the one who creates, sustains, defends, guards, loves, protects, and forgives you as Owner.
This week in worship we dive into our second of the three truths; He Saves. As we worship to turn to God’s Word:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved . . .” -Luke 1:68-70
Have you ever gone on a road trip and gotten lost? How about lost and broken down? Beyond the help of a map or GPS, there comes a point where we need something, or someone, to enter in and do what we can’t; rescue. Our life in faith carries the same struggle and we rest in the promise of His truth that Jesus is the one who saves. This has a profound impact on the road trip of life as we proclaim “He Saves.” Read how Luther explained this truth:
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
His Will is What’s Best
This week in worship we dive into our third of the three truths; His Will is What’s Best. As we worship to turn to God’s Word:
Jesus said: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” -John 6:40
As we worship, we also celebrate a common confession:
“I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church, He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day, He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.” -Luther’s Explanation of the Third Article
When we polled the congregation through the APP about which truth they understood the least, this was the one. Come and be gathered by the Spirit around God’s Word and Gifts, that we might know and rest in His truth; His Will is What’s Best.
Sent in God’s Truth
This week in worship we close out our series on the Three Truths. As we worship, we turn to God’s Word:
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. -John 17:17,18
Receiving the echo of God’s identity as Owner, Rescuer, and Leader, He send’s us with these simple yet profound truths upon our tongues; It’s All His, He Saves, and His Will is What’s Best. The truth of God is inseparable to His identity, in as much as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is inseparable from one another. Come and be reminded of how you have been joined to God’s truth, as those who are sent to live in His truth.