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“…faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
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20Aug2014

New Bible class

“God is Known” Bible classes
Beginning Thursday September 11th at 7:00pm, we’ll be offering a series of Bible studies under the theme “God is Known.”

Often in life we ask the questions, “Where in the world is God? Why doesn’t he seem to care? Why won’t he do something about my life?” These studies help us see that God does indeed care about us. He is not far away, but very near. He is not an unknown, but is known. He knows us and we can know Him as he reveals himself to us in Word and Sacrament. Join us Thursdays at 7:00pm for this study on the knowable God!

04Aug2014

What’s so special about Lutheranism?

What makes Lutheranism unique among all Christian denominations is that it teaches the Holy Spirit delivers forgiveness, life, and salvation ONLY through Word and Sacrament.

Check it out. Every other denomination teaches that the Holy Spirit works forgiveness, life and salvation through remembering Jesus (“I think God is leading me to….”) or that the Holy Spirit works forgiveness, life, and salvation as a reward for our spiritual efforts (“Do for God and he’ll ‘do’ for you.”)

Lutheranism – in keeping with the Scriptures – teaches that we do not just remember nor especially work for forgiveness, life and salvation. Rather Lutheranism – in keeping with the Scriptures – teaches that we receive forgiveness, life and salvation by grace, through faith, through Word ALONE.

So, do you want to be sure that the Holy Spirit has and is working forgiveness, life and salvation in your life? Listen to a sermon that faithfully proclaims the truth of God’s Word, receive the Sacraments correctly administered and you can be sure that the Holy Spirit has come to you with forgiveness, life and salvation. We don’t rely on our feelings or our good deeds record to be sure that God loves us in Christ, we rely on God’s promises. Through his Word God’s promise of forgiveness, life and salvation creates and also strengthens faith so that when sin and guilt touch your life – and they do every day – you can go to God’s Word and be sure that he has delivered to you right here right now the forgiveness, life and salvation Jesus earned for you by his life and death over 2,000 years ago.

This is how the Lutheran Confessions put it:

“Therefore we must constantly maintain this point: God does not want to deal with us in any other way than through the spoken Word and the Sacraments. Whatever is praised as from the Spirit – without the Word and Sacraments – is the devil himself.” (Smalcald Articles Part III, Art. VIII, 10).

And what the Confessions confess is in keeping with the Scriptures:

  • So faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. - Romans 10:17
  • Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38
  • Then he took the cup….for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  - Matthew 26:27-28
  • If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” – John 20:23

Now isn’t that special?

+ Pr. Jim Schulz

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