Pastoral Letter

Dear Zion,

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus. Amen

Did you know that, when our Lord Jesus rose from the dead, He never spoke about life after death?

He spoke about it plenty of times during His ministry— “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25)—and it remains a hallmark promise that you have from God. But in the forty days following His resurrection, when Jesus met with His disciples to explain the new life won by His victory over the grave, He never spoke about life after death.

Instead, the risen Lord spoke about mission:

    All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)

    Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations . . .” (Luke 24:45-47)

    As the Father has sent me, even so am I sending you. (John 20:21)

There is our mission, Zion: to make disciples by baptizing and teaching in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. That mission and the risen Lord go hand-in-hand.

He has called you to His life, marking you for resurrection. Therefore, you are part of His mission—and what a blessed part you are ! Thanks be to God, and may He grant us His Spirit to follow His call, sharing the good Word of life. Peace!

Pastor Gjerde