Translating God's Word for a new generation
If the Lord describes Himself in Scripture as our Shepherd, it follows that we, as those who belong to Him, are His sheep. Although the agrarian setting of the shepherd-sheep relationship may be unfamiliar to many in our day, it’s a powerful scriptural image that shows forth the saving work of Jesus. All we like sheep wander away from our Shepherd’s provision, wrongly assuming that we can find our own way. Our own way will only lead us to everlasting death, not everlasting life. But fear not! Because our Shepherd became one of us as the very “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” we know that the Lord never gives up on us. He pursues His wanderers. He finds us, claims us, and carries us home. And that’s exactly where He gathers us today: at home in His presence so that He, our Shepherd, can fill us, His sheep, with His love and mercy.
This weekend, many of our Concordia youth, their parents, and volunteers are at a retreat learning about the “Seasons of Life.” In addition to inspiring a song made popular by The Byrds, Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us of the challenges and joys we face during different times in our lives. Many teens and adults consider the challenges posed by our culture to be particularly daunting. One challenge consistently promulgated by our culture is the idea that we must rely upon ourselves rather than upon God. This weekend, Pastor Krueger reminds us of God’s covenant with us, a covenant of grace, love and mercy, based on who He is and what He has done.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). Jesus urges us to follow the path of humility, thinking of others before ourselves and not thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought. With this very purpose, Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath and reveals the character of God’s patient and powerful love. We are invited to follow Christ’s own example and to be people of such love and humility that God is glorified and the mercy of God is exalted.
This weekend, Pastor Meggers brings us the JOY of planting seeds. It is Bible-gifting weekend at Concordia, and we sow God’s Word among our children with this annual giving of Bibles. In this Word, we hear God identify us as His children. It is His word of discipline for His children. It is His Word of encouragement for His children. It is His Word of Hope.
A senior pastor departing, a new school year on the horizon with a new Center for Christian Education to be dedicated, and high school seniors embarking on new journeys as college freshmen. This season is a rich environment for anxiety and therefore for the Gospel. God is not unaware of our potential anxiety. In fact, He has anticipated it. This week, Pastor Meggers, no stranger to anxiety himself, speaks life and faith into fear and anxiety: “Have No Fear, Little Flock.”
The Gospel for today tells the story of a man quite pleased with his own accomplishments. In response, God requires his life and all of his hard work means nothing. The Christian way of living is to know who God is as we serve our neighbor. When we acknowledge who God is, we are drawn away from our own corruption and more fully into what we are supposed to be. This weekend in worship, Pastor Schultz preaches on what God has done for us in Jesus and what the Christian does in response.
Aim is essential to achieving almost anything. In his final weekend as Senior Pastor at Concordia, Dr. Scott Seidler shares a challenge for each of us: to take aim in our faith and trust Jesus to achieve for us immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
Mary and Martha are two Christian sisters every Christian should know. They were two of Jesus’ earliest followers. Each of them had gifts and personality integral to Jesus’ mission. This weekend, Pastor Seidler shares with us insight into the story of Mary and Martha and their unique places in the ongoing work of God at, in and through you, this great Concordia, Kirkwood congregation.
In the 1970s, PBS’s Mr. Rogers asked the question that became a household phrase of hospitality: “Won’t you be my neighbor?” The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us of how critical knowing and serving our neighbors is for us as Christians. This weekend, Pastor Seidler unpacks the parable that has stood the test of time in terms of helping us understand the sacrifice required in serving others.
Going, not knowing, is the frequent feeling of a Christ-follower. It is inconceivable to be a Christian and not be going somewhere. This weekend, Pastor Seidler takes up this challenge in his message based on Luke 10, giving us confidence for the journey ahead in times of transition.