Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
14205 Ida Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68142
Rev. Lance D. Berndt and Rev. Philip Hale
Church Office (402) 493-1744
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Sunday School 9:15 AM and Bible Study 9:30 AM
Welcome To Zion Lutheran Church
The Mission of Zion Lutheran Church is to reach out to the community as we embrace our fellow members, building on the strength of our heritage in the true Word of God. To this end, Zion's members see themselves as loving Christians called by God to serve Him according to His purpose.
You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. Heb. 12:22-23
- Published: 07 August 2014
- Last Updated: 05 November 2015
Upcoming Special Worship times
Please join us for these special times to worship our Lord
|Oct 29, 30||Reformation||Sat 6:00pm, Sun 8:00am & 10:30am|
|Nov 5, 6||All Saints||Sat 6:00pm, Sun 8:00am & 10:30am|
|Nov 23||Thanksgiving Eve||7:00pm|
|Nov 30||1st Advent Wednesday||4:30pm & 7:00pm|
|Dec 7||2nd Advent Wednesday||4:30pm & 7:00pm|
|Dec 14||3rd Advent Wednesday||4:30pm & 7:00pm|
|Dec 17||Children's Christmas Program||4:00pm|
|Dec 21||No Service|
|Dec 24||Christmas Eve||4:30pm & 7:00pm|
|Dec 25||Christmas Day||10:30am|
- Published: 25 October 2016
- Last Updated: 25 October 2016
The Luther Seal
The Luther Seal: Summary of the Gospel
The most enduring symbol of the Lutheran Reformation is the seal that Luther himself designed to represent his theology. By the early 1520s, this seal begins to appear on the title page of Luther’s works.
Here is how Luther himself explained its meaning:
First, there is a black cross in a heart that remains its natural color. This is to remind me that it is faith in the Crucified One that saves us. Anyone who believes from the heart will be justified (Romans 10:10). It is a black cross, which mortifies and causes pain, but it leaves the heart its natural color. It doesn’t destroy nature, that is to say, it does not kill us but keeps us alive, for the just shall live by faith in the Crucified One (Romans 1:17). The heart should stand in the middle of a white rose. This is to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace—it puts the believer into a white, joyous rose. Faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). This is why the rose must be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). This rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that a joyful spirit and faith is a beginning of heavenly, future joy, which begins now, but is grasped in hope, not yet fully revealed. Around the field of blue is a golden ring to symbolize that blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end. Heavenly blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and better than any possessions, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal. (From: Letter from Martin Luther to Lazarus Spengler, July 8, 1530 [WA Br 5:445]; tr. P. T. McCain)
- Published: 23 October 2016
- Last Updated: 23 October 2016
Why the Reformation Still Matters
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. If that hammer could have announced the seismic changes to come in Europe and the Christian Church, its echoes would have shaken the world. Today, however, it is hardly more than a whisper.
For many Protestant churches, it has been like the “telephone” game, where a little was added here, a little changed there, a little taken away somewhere else. The general population has now moved into a post-Christian era, where differences in Christian theological tenets matter less than choices on the restaurant menu.
So is the Reformation still relevant today?
We could rephrase the question in this way: “Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ still relevant today?” For that is what the Reformation was about: the salvation Christ won for the world. In proclaiming justification by faith alone, through God’s grace alone and not by our own merit and works, the gates were opened for millions to know God’s mercy. The Reformation was about the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ—which is why the Lutheran church’s first name was “Evangelical,” coming from the Greek for “good news.”
- Published: 22 October 2016
- Last Updated: 25 October 2016
An Analysis of the Kloha–Montgomery Debate:
A Plastic Theologian Versus a Staunch Confessor
by Rev. Philip Hale
The debate on Oct. 15th at Concordia University Chicago between Dr. Jeffery Kloha, a professor at the St. Louis Seminary and Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, a renowned apologist and also an ordained and rostered LCMS minister, was historic. Whether people realize it or not, issues rarely are dealt with in such a public way in the LCMS. Political maneuvering and silent teachers are the norm today when doctrinal controversy strikes. All those involved should be congratulated. And all concerned about the future of the LCMS should take note of the debate and the issues raised.
It was a strange debate in one sense. Montgomery attacked Kloha's position consistently. Kloha did little more than insult Montgomery. They had different aims. Kloha’s presentation was antiseptic. It quoted well-regarded orthodox theologians and gave a very basic introduction to textual criticism. It sounded very orthodox. The problem is that he does not speak in the same way to his academic peers. What Kloha said and implied in his previous academic writings is the real issue. But he did not even try to defend his scholarly hypotheses, for example, that not Mary, but Elizabeth, said the Magnificat—in direct contradiction to Luke 1:46. However, in his off-hand debate comments, much insight can be gleaned.
- Published: 20 October 2016
- Last Updated: 21 October 2016
Pastor's Pen 10/18/2016
A message from Pastor Berndt
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Freedom seems like something we take for granted. After all, we are Americans. We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. The Pharisees had a low view of sin. They thought they could overcome their sin by living a good life – their prayers, keeping of the Sabbath, and good works.
In the Middle Ages much the same lie enslaved sinners in thinking they were free. Many thought they were free by good works, giving, living a good life, and prayers to the saints. But slavery to sin is still slavery even if you call it freedom.
Under the curse of sin we think we can work our way out of sin by being good. A path of futility, trying to please God with good works, will lead either to arrogance or despair. Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. (John 8) We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. (Isaiah 64)
Scripture teaches that there is ONLY ONE WHO CAN SET YOU FREE. JESUS. The Lutheran Reformation returned back to the truth of Scripture. True freedom is in Christ alone for the sinner. The Gospel rescues you from the false religion of works righteousness.
- Published: 19 October 2016
- Last Updated: 19 October 2016
The Lutheran Faith: A Mighty Fortress
The Lutheran Faith: A Mighty Fortress. A Vox Visuals production by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Brandon, MS. Our church produced this a few years back. My brother and I worked together on this project. I wrote the script and provided the onscreen "talent." He handled the directing and video editing. We shot this at The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, FL.
- Published: 17 October 2016
- Last Updated: 17 October 2016
Germanfest 2016 Photos
Germanfest at Zion was a great time for members and guests to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the congregation. Food, kids' activities, and dancing to live music by the Dave Salmon Polka Band were highlights of the day. Several craftsmen displayed handmade wares at the craft fair. Former pastor Rev. Thomas Schmitt presented sermons at services. Here's to another 130 years of God's blessings!
- Published: 11 October 2016
- Last Updated: 11 October 2016
Lutherans in Africa
So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ - Romans 10:17
Lutherans in Africa: Forming African Christains to be teachers of the faith.
There is a severe shortage of trained pastors in Africa. In America, the Lutheran Church has 1 pastor for every 376 members. In Tanzania, for instance, there is 1 pastor for every 3,500 members. By training Africans to be teachers of the faith, Lutherans In Africa (LIA) is able to help fill the need for pastors and further spread the Gospel, allowing God to work through His external Word.
To find out more information about this project please visit the Lutherans in Africa website.
- Published: 27 September 2016
- Last Updated: 27 September 2016
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