"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love." (Ephesians 4:11-16)
My name is Jonathan Langness and I have been called to serve as pastor here at Abiding Word Lutheran Church. The verses above have been my calling into the pastoral ministry. God has provided the public office of ministry to the church in order to build her up, to the unity of the faith, and to grow in the knowledge of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
In our world today there are many winds of doctrine, plenty of people with tricks and gimmicks, and yes even deceit. With conflicting opinions, ideas, doctrines, and the fast changing pace of culture, where do we go for truth? Is there such thing as a universal truth, a truth that applies to everybody regardless of race, culture, religion, identity? Yes, and the truth is God's Word. God has revealed to us His unchanging and timeless truth through His Word. As a pastor it is my privilege to proclaim these truths of God and to build people up in a love that is grounded in the Word of God.
We would love to have you join us as we build one another up in the study of the Word of God!
- Pastor Jon
"For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God." (I Corinthians 2:2-5)