From the Pastor :: December 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Out with the old and in with the new” is something we often say when we are cleaning the house, cleaning the closets, preparing for a rummage sale, or turning the page of a calendar from one year to the next. The last Sunday in November was the first Sunday of Advent.  As such, it was also the first Sunday of a new Church Year.  As we move from one Church Year into the next, we actually flip the phrase around.  Out with the new and in with the old.

During the last few Sundays of the Church Year, the focus is on the End Times and our Lord’s return on the Last Day to usher in the new heaven and the new earth.  As we turn the page of the Church Year calendar to Advent, the focus shifts to the fulfillment of the oldest prophecy given to man.  So, out with the new (focusing on the new heaven and the new earth) and in with the old (focusing on the old promise of salvation).

In with the old …

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  This is the oldest complete story known to man.  It is true that we don’t have many of the details of that story in Genesis 1:1 (the details take shape with the story of creation beginning at Genesis 1:2), but what we are given is everything we really need to know about the creation of the world:  God did it. God created everything when He created the world, including man (Adam & Eve).  Everything was perfect, including man.  Everything in all of creation was given to man for man to use and take care of.  But man (Adam and Eve) wasn’t content with everything that was given to them.  They wanted what was not given to them and so they ate of the forbidden fruit.  The details of this oldest story about the fall into sin is recorded in Genesis 1:2—3:7.

In with the old …

Following the fall into sin, God proclaimed to Adam and Eve a promise. This promise, sealed with blood, is the oldest promise ever made.  It is the promise of deliverance and redemption. The promise God made was that He would fix what Adam and Eve had broken.  He would recreate His ruined creation and make it new again. He would do this by sending His Son into the world to take on human flesh and to die in the place of sinful man: a sinless sacrifice for a sinful world.

In with the old …

The Apostles’ Creed confesses the truth of this oldest story, oldest promise, and the fulfillment of that promise.  It is the oldest of the creeds confessed by the Church.  During the Midweek worship services in Advent, we will explore this Creed using the theme, The Creed and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.  In these meditations we will focus each week on one Person of the Godhead and His saving work in the world as related to the advent of the Son of God in human flesh.

Please join your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ at the Advent Midweek Services this year on Wednesdays at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm as we enter (In with the old) this new Church Year.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Dehning