A question I asked my students at school recently was this: is a person’s private life relevant for their fitness for public office? That is certainly a good question for us these days, as the presidential election goes on.
But an equally forceful question is this: does your public life have any relevance for your private life?
Your gathering here in worship today is a public event. You are the assembly of the Lord God who meets here openly to renew covenant with Him and lift praise to Him. Though there is an intensely personal element to you coming to worship, still, our worship is not merely a collection of people having some private time with Jesus while they sit close together.
We often speak in our Christian lingo about “making a profession of faith,” and when we do so we often, I think, mean one moment in your life when you make your private faith public. But is that a one-time event? Do you “make your profession” and then that’s it? From then on it’s just you and Jesus?
What you are doing here today is your profession of faith. In a few minutes we will verbally confess the Apostles Creed. That is you making your profession of faith – publicly, openly, boldly, before the watching world and the principalities and powers who oppose us. Every Sunday, in fact, you make a public profession of the faith, your faith, and that instills confidence and lends a sense of reality to your possession of faith through the rest of the week. That is why the Creed is, for me, one of the most important and precious things we do in our worship.
And let me add this: your children are also making their public profession of faith. A child old enough to say the creed – and very young children can be trained to say it – are making their profession of faith. They are fully a part of the people of God, verbalizing their faith in Christ, and we should teach them to profess the creed boldly and with meaning.
So I call you to assemble before the Lord at His call this morning, and to offer His praise and to hear His Word and be transformed by His grace. Come, profess your Lord for all the world to see.
Come, worship the God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.