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October 4, 2016, 2:11 PM

Pastor's Post - October 2016


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

October is the month of Reformation or, you could say, the rebirth of the church. It was 499 years ago that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Those 95 statements were a call to the Church to repent and focused on five key doctrinal principles:

- Sola Gratia: We are saved by "Grace Alone."

- Sola Fide: We are saved through "Faith Alone."

- Sola Scriptura: This is found in the "Scripture Alone."

- Sola Christos: It has been won for us by "Christ Alone."

- Soli Deo Gloria: "To God Alone be the Glory."

 

The first Sunday of this month of Reformation has been designated as LWML (Lutheran Women's MIssionary League) Sunday. The theme for this Sunday and the year that follows is "Come and See." And this truly is the goal of Mission and the Great Commission. In both we are inviting and encouraging people to "come and see" the good news that wea re saved by grace, through faith in Christ, just as the Scripture tells us.

It is a much different message then what society tells us today:

- Follow your dreams.

- Be all that you can be.

- Find happiness in your inner self.

- Acquire the best of everything you desire.

- Don't let anyone tell you what to do or that you are wrong.

- Look good, feel good.

Of course, all of society's offerings leave people with an empty heart. It may address some of our daily wants, needs and desires but it doesn't address the most important issue.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has, "put eternity into man's heart." In our innmerost being, we know that we were created to live - not die. So, it seems, we pursue every new piece of advice of how to live longer, healthier lives. And yet, we still see death all around us. We even joke about it and say you can't avoid death and taxes. But the reality is this, through Christ we can. He paid the greatest tax of all - death - which is the price of our sin and He overcame/defeated death through His resurrection. This is the Good News that we invite others to "COME AND SEE!"

 

Together in Mission,

Pastor Matt


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