Christ Lutheran Church - Marshfield, WI

Our Mission

Go therefore and make disciples...

The Mission

Let’s take a closer look at our mission statement: “We experience and proclaim that God’s help is real.”
“We experience”
Our faith isn’t based merely on our own experiences, but certainly, in our lives, we experience the blessings of faith in Jesus.  We believe and trust in God’s Word as the source of all we teach and believe.  Sometimes we have to rely upon God’s Word over and above the things we experience.  For example, our doubts and fears and hardships cannot compare to the experiences we will have in heaven.  Yet, we know that we can and do experience “a foretaste of our heavenly feast” even now.  We do so as we gather for worship and receive the Sacrament of the Altar and as we share in fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We do so as we celebrate God’s blessings together!
“And Proclaim”
Oftentimes, preaching gets a bad name!  You can just hear someone saying, “don’t preach at me!”  But preaching and teaching God’s word is different than is assumed by many people.  The proclamation of the Good News of Jesus is the most joyous thing on earth, and what a privilege it is!   The Gospel, or the Good News, is something that is reminiscent of ancient times.  When you won a battle, the messenger, or herald, would have the very important job of relaying the news of victory to the people back home.  If the news didn’t reach home in time, the result could be disastrous!   This highlights the importance of proclaiming God’s Word in its truth and purity as we do.
“That God’s”
Who is God?  We can only know the true God through faith in Jesus Christ.  We confess and believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  He alone is our Savior!  We also confess and believe in the Triune God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  One of our statements of faith, the Athanasian Creed, says, “…we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.  For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.  But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal… So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God; and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.”
“Help is Real.”
The author of Hebrews encourages us to seek help from God in all things. “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16, ESV). Yet, even as this verse alludes to, the way God has revealed to us, the way that God has chosen to ultimately help us is through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Long before Jesus’ birth, the Psalmist prayed for such help. “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!” (Psalm 79:9, ESV).  Jesus truly did atone for our sins.  He paid for them on the cross.  He is our Salvation.  He is our Help.  Therefore, bringing people to faith in Jesus and strengthening their faith in Him is what we’re all about.  As we do that, we can also show others, by our actions, that God’s help in Jesus is real.  It makes a big impact on the way we live our lives!  For example, Paul urged his “true companion” to help two prominent women of the church, Euodia and Syntyche, to come to an agreement with each other.  (Philippians 4:3) Practical.  Straightforward.  Real.  That’s what helping one another in the love of the Lord is all about.
May God help us to use this mission statement as a guide, as we seek to carry out the great commission and “make disciples” of all nations! (Matthew 28:16-20)

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