If you are like I once was, the term “Lutheran” sounds pretty strange.
I have come to really appreciate it. Here are my thoughts on this from our bulletin cover for Reformation Sunday, 2016.
Reformation. It’s an event in history, and an ongoing change brought about by the Spirit of GOD. You don’t need to know about the event, to experience the benefits of the change. But it can be helpful to remember the event, because we easily forget the need for ongoing change.
The event: the reformation of the 16th century church in Germany around the good news, the Gospel of GOD’s grace and truth and kingdom in Jesus.
The ongoing change: the reformation of people today, including us, by the good news, the Gospel of GOD’s grace and truth and kingdom in Jesus.
The event in the 16th century was brought about by the church being formed around the fear of death and the control of the church. The ongoing change is for our lack of faith, from which we act out of fear of things that affect our comfort in this world and reject the church for being irrelevant to “real” life.
The event in the 16th century dealt with all this. (See example below.) Luther was clear that he grew in his understanding and knowledge of this throughout his life. An Alpha session said, ‘Being a Christian doesn’t mean I am better than others, but it does mean hopefully I am better than I would have been otherwise.’ So, I know I need reformation, and do well to want it, daily. How about you? A better “me,” a better “us,” is better for all around.
So, again welcome, in all the goodness that GOD welcomes all with in Jesus.
And if you would like to join us for reformation, and growing in a change that brings
- greater faith in GOD’s goodness through Jesus;
- deeper peace, joy, love, hope to this life through his teachings;
- and growing appreciation for the promise of everlasting life through his death and resurrection;
give us a call, send us an email, or come by to see us on a Sunday.
GOD bless you.
– Pastor Craig Oct.25, 2016
Martin Luther on the Gospel
So Abimelech called Isaac, and said:
Behold, she is your wife; how, then, could you say: She is my sister?
Isaac said to him: Because I thought: Lest I die because of her.
All these things are simply matters of the household and of the government, and nothing is taught about the grand and truly spiritual things concerning which the Gospel preaches: .. faith in Christ; .. the Trinity; .. the resurrection of the dead; victory over sin, death, and the devil. .. the Holy Spirit records such childish things and matters that pertain to the management of a household. And He points out that He also directs the physical activities without which this life cannot be guided or preserved. For even the enthusiasts themselves, much as they seem to shun carnal things, also have need of food, drink, and clothing. Why, then, would we not discuss how one should eat and live in godliness and with a good conscience? For in the church one must teach not only about the future life—as the Gospel teaches, without taking into account the present life, although it by no means despises this life—but we should regulate our life according to the Law and teach men how to lead a godly and honorable life until the last day.
Luther’s Works Volume 5, (pp.38-39) Commentary on Genesis 26:9 (1542)