Who we are….
“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; for that is what we are.” – 1 John 3:1
That promise is given to all those who have faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and who have been forgiven by the shedding of his blood, and who, by the power of the resurrection, have the promise of eternal life. And so who are we? Along with all those around the world and throughout the ages of time who share in this faith, we are the children of God!
Jesus calls this collection of people that believe in him the Church. He tells us how he loves the Church like a groom loves his bride. He tells us that the Church is the body of Christ. And he tells us that, because of his victory over sin, death, and the devil, that even the gates of hell will not stand against it.
And so who are we at St. John’s? We are the church! We are the children of God, redeemed by Jesus Christ.
Is this because of how great we are as people? Is this because we’re the best and brightest? Is this because we have everything all figured out?
Nope. It is all because of Jesus Christ.
Who are we at St. John’s? We are a collection of people, the Church, who are sinners, but who are loved by God, forgiven by Jesus Christ, and now live, one with another, awaiting the day of his return when we will live in the Kingdom of God in a place of joy and love and peace that will never end.
And you know what? We would love for you to be a part of this people too.
So maybe the better question is: who are you? Do you struggle in life? Do you have things pretty well put together? Are you living for the sake of this world? Do you think you don’t belong in a church because of some sin you just can’t seem to shake? Does guilt well up inside you when you think of God? Are you not even sure that God is there, and if he is, do you doubt he’d take in someone like you?
Well then I’ve got some good news for you: you are welcome to become a part of the body of Christ, of the children of God, of the Church that is found at St. John’s in Lafe. Because no matter what else may be true about you, I can tell you one thing for certain, something that you may or may not know, but that whoever you are and whatever you are going through, I know is true with absolute certainty:
JESUS LOVES YOU!
And Jesus loves us too. That is who we are. And if you are looking for a Church, we would love for you to come be a part of who we are at St. John’s.