Announcements for March 6, 2011

11-03-6, Transfiguration, Announcements.pdf

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Why do so many Christian denominations exist?

Not all denominations speak and teach the same things of God (see 1 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 16:17).  Not all hold to and confess the same doctrine.  Denominationalism, so called, is not a recent phenomenon.  Divisions have always existed in Christendom, namely because not all hold to the truth of Christ (John 14:6).  Especially today, not all who call themselves Christian truly are, for not all believe God’s Word, the Bible.  For Christians, however, God’s Word alone is sufficient, and what God says is what Christians believe, even apart from human and worldly elements.  “He who is of God hears God’s words” (John 8:47), even God’s Son—Jesus.

 

“The Transfiguration Of Our Lord”

On the mount of transfiguration, to a select three, Jesus manifested Himself in all His glory. Before their eyes, Peter, James, and John, the brother of James, saw Jesus for who He really was. Flesh and blood no longer concealed Christ’s divinity, the truth that Jesus was not only man, but also God. Though Christ’s humanity concealed His divine nature both before and after that mountain top experience until His glorious resurrection, the disciples saw a glimpse of what was under the veil.

To those three, Jesus revealed Himself as the Son of the living God in a real, tangible way. There was no escaping this truth. They saw with their eyes and heard with their own ears the glory and honor of God and Christ.

We do too. God reveals Himself through His Holy Word and through His visible means called Sacraments. By these do we see the God of heaven and earth working among us, planting the seed of faith within our hearts, calling us to believe the Gospel, and strengthening the faith which God Himself has given…

Mt17.1-9, Transfiguration of our Lord, 2.pdf

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