On Worship at Concordia University -- and the nature of the gospel
The view is simply amazing:
It was refreshing... particularly after flying in very late and finding the hotel mis-entered my reservation and I had no room (and there were no other rooms in the city!)
Thanks to my helpful hosts (and rescuers), I slept in a college dorm room (during football camp). The college dorm is fine as it builds character to sleep on the slab bed. But, those football guys sure were excited about their 4a.m. run. Ugh.
Anyway, the highlight of the morning was when Robert Newton, Bishop of California / Nevada / Hawaii District of the LCMS shared the morning devotion. He shared much more than I can list here, but I was intrigued by his explanation of Luke 24:46-48.
Luke 24:46-48 (HCSB): "He told them, 'This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.'"
These are the things that are written...
1. "Christ will suffer..."
2. "Rise from the dead..."
3. "Repentance and forgiveness will be preached in his name."
He explained that we often think that there are only two parts to the gospel... death and resurrection. Jesus lists three that "are written." In other words, the spreading of the gospel is a fundamental to the gospel.
"The gospel does not end with the resurrection... it ends with a sinner hearing it in his ear."
Put more bluntly:
"It is a moot point if he simply died and rose and nobody heard about it."
"Every Sunday the saints gather and forget the world..."
What do you think?