We Are All About God’s Grace for God’s People

THIS WEEK AT CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH

John 3:12 – “If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?”

The mystery of God

For generations, since Adam and Eve really, human beings have wondered, pondered, ruminated over, and questioned this: “Who is God?” There is something about God and his authority which sends a shot of terror down our spines. But there also is something about God which gives so much comfort and value to the human creature: The life we’ve been given isn’t random or meaningless. Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Confucius, Augustine, Aquinas, Pascal, Kant, Kierkegaard, and a whole host of others – Christian and non-Christian –  throughout the past 3000 years have asked big questions of God. Who is God? How do we know He exists? What does it mean for humanity if God exists? What does it mean for humanity of there is no God? This final question is actually very modern, championed by the likes of Friedrich Nietzsche and a host of others. For most of recorded history, the existence of God/a god/the gods was a given. Not so nowadays. This makes the task for the Christian all the more important. Who we believe God to be is who God has revealed himself to be in the Bible, the Holy Scriptures: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the ultimate mystery, yet the Lord has given us the beautiful revelation of his Word to give us a better glimpse of who He truly is because Scripture is all about what God has said about Himself. This is one of those “heavenly things” the Lord has given and solidified to His Church through generations of faithful study, teaching, mediation, and worship with the Scriptures as our guide and source.

As Christians not only do we believe in the God of Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Moses, Israel, and the prophets. We believe that this same God has revealed himself as Triune, as Three-Persons in an eternal Union of love between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Older theologians would call this the “Godhead.” Going further back still, to Tertuliian (160-220 AD) to be exact, Christians have called our belief in who God is, in who God has claimed Himself to be is as a Tri-unity, a “Trinity.” The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is God. The Father isn’t the Son; the Son isn’t the Spirit; the Spirit isn’t the Father. The three Persons are distinct, but not separate. The three Persons are united yet not to be confused or conflated with the others. Also, to further help clarify who God is know this: Father, Son, and Spirit are not 3 parts of God (a heresy known as partialism-the three-leaf clover image some use); they are not 3 versions of God (a heresy known as Modalism-the states of water image some use); and they are not 3 gods (a heresy known as polytheism/tri-theism). God is Triune, a Trinity. God is ultimately an unfathomable mystery. But God has given us the Scriptures to know, as much as humanly possible, about who He is – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is our most faithful and most Biblically inspired attempt at trying to define the mystery of God. And what a beautiful mystery it is!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Chris

What’s On This Week

Tuesday, May 22nd
1 PM Ladies’ JOY Book Club
Wednesday, May 23rd
9 AM Quilting
9:30 AM Bible Study – John 8:1-11
7 PM Bible Study: People of John’s Gospel: Peter and John
Thursday, May 24th
10 AM Coffee Clutch
6:15 PM Church Council
Saturday, May 26th – 5 PM Worship w/ Holy Communion
Sunday, May 27th – Holy Trinity Sunday
9:30 AM Coffee Fellowship Time (Library)
10:30 AM Worship w/ Holy Communion

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Worship
Weekend Worship is at
5 p.m. on Saturdays
and
10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Communion is celebrated at every service and a staffed nursery is available during the 10:30 worship

Youth Faith Formation
(Confirmation)
(Sunday School)
Every Sunday from
9:00 – 10:15 am

Office:
Christ the King Lutheran Church
1230 N. 18th St.
Escanaba, Michigan
Phone: 906-786-7400

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