I was surfing the net and more specifically, checking out other LCMC websites when I came across this church website that stated under its name: “We make disciples.” In making such a statement it told me who they were (Disciple makers) and what they were about as a congregation (discipleship) or at least, what they wanted to be about.
There’s nothing wrong with such a statement since it fits with the command Jesus gave His disciples as forerunners of the Church (Matthew 28:18-20):
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
It did make wonder however, if that’s who we are and what we have been, are, or want to be about as Trinity ELC . What would you say? Who are we? What are we to be about?
Our Council has discussed this many times, but I don’t recall us ever landing on any specific definition. The preamble to our constitution, however, seems clear the mud:
Baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we as members of Christ’s Body, called and gathered into this Christian community by the Holy Spirit for the sole purpose of the Gospel and God’s mission…
It may not be as succinct or flashy as “We make disciples,” but I believe it goes far beyond discipleship.
We are the elect ones whom the Holy Spirit has called, gathered and made members of the Body of Christ in the waters of baptism. We are Christ’s body, whose baptismal and eternal identity is centered in Christ Jesus and what He has done for us. Our identity is not in what we have done or will do, but is formed as we live life together under Christ, fed by His Word and Sacrament. This is who we are – Christ’s body: called, gathered, forgiven, fed, living life together under Christ.
Being the body of Christ is more than huddling and cuddling. There is only one reason we have been brought together and that is for God’s mission and the heart of that mission is the Gospel: the good news that in Christ’s death on the cross God has reconciled all people to Himself. It is by God’s grace through faith in this good news of Christ alone that any person can enter into the eternal kingdom of God. This is the Gospel message we are called to witness to. This is Gospel message that leads us to serve our neighbour. This is our mission: Witnesses of Christ for all – Servants of all for Christ.
Maybe there’s a more succinct, flashy way to say this, but I’m more interested in how you would sum up who we are and what we are about as Trinity ELC.
– Pastor Tim