advent
lutheran 
church

(410) 838-5967

adventrev@gmail.com

2230 Rock Spring Road

Forest Hill, MD 21050

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why?

the people of advent

We invite you to walk with us as, together, we follow Jesus. Sure, we'll step on each others' heels from time-to-time along the way. We'll bump into one another, and at times we'll trip and get hurt. We make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes. We move onward, resting in Christ and his finished work on our behalf. If we're not the right church home for you, that's fine, we just want you to know what God thinks of you in Christ. We want you to trust him. He's there for you. 

the pastor

In this photo I'm standing on what is most likely the mountain where Jesus and his disciples were standing, overlooking the Sea of Galilee when Jesus told his disciples those words:

"Go 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. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

This takes us back to where we started. I hope that this website has provided an opportunity for you to encounter the story of God in a fresh way. Please don't hesitate to get into contact with me if you have more questions. And if you'd like to see what the baptized life is all about, I'd be happy to turn on the tap.

the big picture

Well, we're nearly finished with these five Ws, but we're still left with a lot of question marks. Contrary to what you may have learned in Sunday School, the Bible isn't about finding all the answers to all your questions. However, the Bible is about finding one answer to one question: "Is there hope?" The answer is a resounding "YES!" on every single page.

As Paul puts it so simply in 2 Corinthians 1:20, 

"All the promises of God find their 'yes' in Jesus." 

 

For thousands of years, people waited on God's promises. So many people wait, even now. But do we wait with hope or without it? 

The promise of Jesus gives us hope through every season of life. For despite all evidence to the contrary, we cling to the hope of a crucified king. His empty tomb speaks volumes. We believe that Jesus' resurrection changes everything. Despite our greatest sin, God still values his world. Despite your greatest shame, God still values you. In fact, God loves you. God loves the world--so much that he sent his only son, that whoever believes in Jesus would not perish, but have everlasting life. God didn't send his son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world would have life in him. That's God's promise to you!

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