For more than a century, St. Matthew’s has been like nearly every other traditionally Lutheran Church: in a comfort zone.
All of us like what we like and we are comfortable liking it.
Nearly every Lutheran Church is the same. This doesn’t make any congregation that is in the comfort zone bad or out of touch – it makes them comfortable, relaxed, and happy that their church is open on Sunday mornings.
I believe it is time for a change, where we are not in a comfort zone, but are excited at possibilities of what bringing the Gospel to people means to our Christians lives. Excitement for the Gospel means we’re being led by the cross in all aspects of our church and outside-of-church lives. Hope in the Gospel is experiencing the true meaning of God’s love and forgiveness with others.
Comfort zone church is history.
It is the time of living hope.