A Profession of Our Faith in Christ

     Why do we confess Christ as the Rock of Our Salvation? Because Christ is the foundation upon which everything we do flows out of as confessed by St. Peter in the gospel of Matthew. “The Father revealed to Peter that he should say, ‘You are the Son of the living God.’ On this Rock of confession, therefore the church is built. This faith is the foundation of the church.”[1]  “We are accounted righteous for Christ’s sake when we believe that God is reconciled to us because of him. Acts 4:11, 12, ‘This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.’”[2]

     Saint John Lutheran Church Flatrock confesses that Christ is the Rock of our Salvation because “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16  As Scripture teaches, through our vocations in life, we maintain and extend God’s church by telling others about Jesus Christ, by personal service, by prayer, and financial support.  “But you are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9[3] Vocation is any station in life to which one is called by God, which for instance includes for us, being a child, parent, spouse, employer, employee, etc.

     When used in color the stained-glass blue, representative of the sky, is used behind the cross. It is the color of a dawning day—living in hope and anticipation of eternal life that is ours in Christ Jesus. The words Saint John Flatrock are green, a dominant color in nature, which represents growth in both the Christian faith and the life of the Church. The arched shape, with wording placed at the bottom, replicates the stained-glass windows of the church. The image of Christ at the center visually places faith in Christ as the focal point with a crucifix (Latin cross) bearing the image of a Corpus (crucified Christ).

     Through our words and actions, we proclaim the life and salvation that is ours in Jesus.[4]  “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-10 Therefore, we pray, “Lord Jesus, as the cornerstone, you make us living stones in Your house and servants of Your Gospel. Bless us with a heart for the lost, that they may come to saving faith in You. Amen.”[5]


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[1]Book of Concord (Tappert), Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, 29

[2]Book of Concord (Tappert), Apology IV 97, 98

[3]Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation – English Standard Version, 179

[4]The Lutheran Study Bible, page 2152

[5]The Lutheran Study Bible, page 2152