After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!’ Mark 1:14-15
God Is on a Mission
The Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is on a mission to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10)! God is actively ushering in the Kingdom of God, proclaiming forgiveness, setting captives free, healing the sick, overcoming evil, reconciling the world to himself, saving us from sin, defeating death, and transforming his people (Luke 4:16-21, Mark 10:45).
So God gathers a group of forgiven sinners (yes, imperfect people) into a community called a church. We do not go to church; we are the church. The Holy Spirit sends the church into the world to be witnesses who obey Christ’s command, “As my Father has sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21).
God does not restrict God’s active presence to the church; God is already active in the world. Thus, the church is not an end in itself—we witness to the reign of Jesus as King and we are his servants in the world so that God will be glorified (Jer. 3:17, John 12:32, John 17, Rev. 21:1-4).
What’s the good news?
The Kingdom of God is near! Jesus lived and died and rose from the dead and ascended to the Father for you. You are forgiven. You are right with God!
What’s do I have to do to be saved?
Nothing. Jesus did everything. It is finished. Listen and believe. Trust the promise!
What do I do now that I have been saved?
Follow Jesus! Be baptized and be his disciple!
GATHERED by the Spirit.
FED with the Word.
SENT to make Christ known.
Jesus is Lord
Everyone is precious & valued
Empowered for Discipleship
Centered in God's Word & Prayer
Fellowship with God & Each Other
Equipped for Evangelism & Generosity
Maricopa Lutheran Church (MLC) welcomes all people, regardless of race, age, situation, family status, sexuality, size, shape, and place in the world. We thank God for the blessings we have and the differences we share. We hope that you will be blessed by God during our time together.
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will send you out to fish for people.' At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18