By Lucas V. Woodford

there's a nice debate occurring within the church this day. It facilities on one query: "What is the undertaking of the church?" From culturally proper, rising congregations to strategic tools of association and outreach, many declare they've got the reply. they are saying the project needs to develop into "missional." but the church buildings of North the US proceed to fight. Uncertainty is starting to be. "What does it particularly suggest to be 'missional'"? Competing claims abound. "Get the message out!" "Get the message right!" nice confusion has set in, relatively within the postmodern North American church. The Gospel is getting misplaced. but, in the course of the a long time, the creedal confession of the Holy Christian Church has carried her via uncertainty and fight. The Apostles' Creed has steadied and stayed the challenge of the church for hundreds of years. It facilities at the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the paintings of the Holy Spirit--the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the physique, and the existence eternal. This booklet celebrates the historical undertaking of the Holy Christian Church, and it invitations the North American church to do the same.

"Lucas Woodford takes us . . . on a private trip . . . [He] examines the position of confession within the church . . . , main issue [from church-growth advocates] for cultural relevance, the effect of modernism and post-modernism[,]. . . , and the price of the good confession of religion . . . This examine . . . is of serious price . . . to any . . . Christian [who] longs to grab the fantastic chance for the proclamation of the gospel . . . to this stressed and complicated generation."
--John W. Kleinig
Author of Grace upon Grace: Spirituality for Today

"Woodford takes on essentially the most well timed questions and theological conflicts of our age: the hidden confusion of an ecclesiology reinterpreted during the lens of pragmatism, instead of the lens of sola scriptura."
--Jonathan Fisk
Lutheran pastor and owner of

“Pastors searching for a source to help them in considering theologically and strategically approximately Lutheran identification and project will take advantage of this book.”
-- John T. Pless, as reviewed within the wintry weather 2013 factor of Lutheran Quarterly

Lucas V. Woodford is the senior pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and faculty. He hosts a standard weblog that seeks to foster collegial discussion approximately Lutheran theology and project of the Holy Christian Church (

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