LCMS U at OU
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod - Norman, Oklahoma
Welcome College Students
The LCMS U at OU would like to thank you for stopping by. We have free dinner and Bible study every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm (Bible study at 7:00). We meet at the Vicar's house located at 419 Castro Street. Please park in the Church's parking lot and enter through "The LSF Gate." We enjoy fellowship with each other while studying God's Word and singing hymns! If you have questions or would like to know more, please feel free to email the president of LCMS U at OU, Brandon Groh, at Brandon.D.Grohfirstname.lastname@example.org
LCMS U at OU is a campus ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Norman, Oklahoma. The church is located at the intersection of Classen Blvd. & Alameda with Divine Service at 8:00 and 10:30am, with Bible Study at 9:15 am on Sundays. We welcome and encourage you to join us in worship on Sunday mornings, especially if you are unable to attend the Tuesday night meetings.
From the Vicar
Every Gospel presents Jesus, the Son of God who died for the sins of the world, differently. As we study Matthew’s gospel this year, it is important for us to understand the specific themes, audience, and goals of Matthew. Then when we hear the reading and listen to the sermon each week, we can think deeper about what Jesus is doing and saying. The more we understand Matthew, the more our worship is enhanced.
1) Matthew was written to a JewishChristian audience. From the beginning with the genealogy, Matthew presents Jesus in terms of His Jewish origin, as the Son of Abraham and the Son of David (1:1). Throughout the Gospel, knowledge of Jewish customs and ideas are assumed: what a Pharisee/Sadducee is, the purpose of the Temple, and the importance of bread as God's redemption to name a few. Yet, Matthew is writing to people who have already heard the message of Jesus. He is not trying to convert people directly by His book but to educate further.
2) Matthew repeatedly shows the stubbornness of the Jews and the willingness of the Gentiles. The King of the Jews seeks to kill the infant Jesus; Magi from the east seek to worship Him. The Pharisees and Sadducees are a "brood of vipers." (3:7) A Roman centurion is praised by Jesus for his faith (8:10). Even the disciples don't understand who Jesus is after He calms the storm, saying "What kind of man is this?" (8:27) A Canaanite woman begs for crumbs from the Master's table (15:27). Eventually Jesus will die for both Jews and Gentiles, sending out His disciples to "make disciples of all nations." (28:19)
3) Matthew presents Jesus as the new Moses/Israel. The very structure of Matthew is composed of 5 major discourses of Jesus, mirroring the first 5 books of Moses (Genesis – Deuteronomy). Pharaoh sought to kill Moses as an infant; Herod sought to kill Jesus (2:16). Moses received the Word of God on Mount Sinai; Jesus delivers His largest sermon from the mountaintop (5:1). When Matthew quotes "Out of Egypt I called my son," (1:15) Jesus is shown to be like Israel, God's firstborn Son (Ex 4:22-23). Unlike Israel, Jesus relies entirely upon the Father. He is baptized for the sake of Israel. He is brought out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit for 40 days and nights to be tempted (4:2). Where Israel fell short, Jesus follows through.
4) Matthew shows that the life of the follower of Jesus is full of persecution and suffering. "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you…for my sake." (5:11) Jesus equates discipleship with suffering. Discipleship requires full commitment and in this world has many negative effects. "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (16:24) Jesus never pretends that following Him will be easy. Just as Jesus died, he calls us to die to this world and live to the next, laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven (6:20).
5) Matthew desires the Church to make disciples through Baptism and teaching, sustaining them through the Lord's Supper. The Church lives and grows because of Jesus Himself. He is the content of our teaching. He is the One who was baptized to make water a cleansing flood for us. He is the One who offers to us the same body and blood that He offered the Father for us. The entirety of the Gospel of Matthew brings Jesus to us, the God who is with us (1:23) to "save His people from their sins." (1:21)
Vicar Keith Kettner
LCMS-U CAMPUS MINISTRY EVENTS:
- LCMS U BIBLE STUDIES with Vicar Keith Kettner -
(The Vicar's student center is next door to the church.)
- Every TUESDAY
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.; Study at 7:30 p.m.
Note: Church families, please begin signing up for meals to be provided on the sign-up sheet in the narthex.
- Every TUESDAY
- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
12:00 NOON - 6:00 p.m.
LCMS-U and LYF BOAT DAY
for all high school, college students and friends