Recently, I preached at the Cokato community worship service at Stockholm Lutheran Church. It’s always a privilege and a joy to preach at these gatherings of Christians who come from a variety of churches.
We come out of our denominational corners, stop discussions about who is “right,” and all come together to bow before our one Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the one Lord and one Savior of the world. And there is only one truth. We human beings have been scarred by sin, so we do not comprehend truth purely. It’s this mixture of human opinion and always-imperfect human understanding of truth that divides Christians into various churches and denominations.
So it is with great joy that we lay our doctrines down at these community-wide worship services and instead focus our attention on the Lord and on God’s Holy Word.
In John 8:31-32, we have these words: “To the Jews who had believed in him, Jesus said, ‘If you continue in my Word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’”
Holding fast to Jesus’ Word means holding to God’s Word, alone. It means leaving behind anyone else’s teaching. It means clinging only to Jesus and to the Word of God. It means recognizing that no human teacher, no “denomination,” and no local church can stand in the place of God. We proclaim there is one God, one Lord, and one Truth when we gather across denominations and churches for these community services.
This coming Sunday evening, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., the Cokato area churches are sponsoring a special outdoor time of worship that is open to everyone. This time of praise, preaching, scripture, and testimony will take place at Peterson Park, at the same spot where people will be gathering Aug. 13-15 for the Corn Carnival. In case of bad weather, the service will be at Elim Mission Church, right across the street.
This service is not only for people from Cokato or for members of our local churches we pray that its outdoor location will encourage all to come, friends and visitors to our area, as well.
Great things happen when we come out of our corners to proclaim Jesus together. Every great movement of God comes when there is a break with religion, when the focus is turned away from the steeples and the church buildings and the denominations, and the focus goes back to Jesus.
What a joy, what a privilege it is to be walking and living in the one truth. In Jesus. In His Word.
All honor, all glory, all praise . . . all belongs to Christ alone.