Announcements for the Week of April 8, 2018

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31)

 

18-04-08, Easter 2, BA-2018B

 

 

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Study: Survey of the Old Testament

 

 

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Overview of the Old Testament

2014-Fall-Survey of the Old Testament

 

 

 

 

Announcements for the week of January 10, 2016

 

“Christ and the Apostles ‘identify Scripture with God’s Word without any restrictions.  If, therefore, we abide in the Scriptures, we hear what God declares about Himself” (F.Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 378).

16-01-10, Baptism of our Lord, BA-2016C.pub

 

 

 

Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex “Marriage”

“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

(John 6:33)

 

This past week, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, legalized same-sex “marriage” throughout the nation for every state. Such unions are contrary to the Word of God and therefore, are not pleasing to Him. They are unnatural and are unions against nature. This truth we must continually speak, even in the midst of growing opposition. Also, as God’s people, we must continually stand against the growing tide of compromise so readily accepted in Christendom today and speak the “whole counsel” of God (Acts 20:27).

God Himself instituted marriage, to be between man and woman, between husband and wife (Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:4-6). There is no other union acceptable to God. Thus, there is no other union acceptable to Christ’s body, the Church.

What does the decision of the Supreme Court mean for us?   It shouldn’t surprise us if greater difficulties and challenges arise for the faithful children of God. Despite such animosity from the world (John 15:18-19), God calls us to be faithful to His Word and to boldly confess His Name.

Note these very applicable words of our Lord Jesus. “Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33).

Confessing Christ has just to do with speaking the truth of Holy Scripture, the truth of sin and judgment, and the truth of God’s grace and forgiveness in Christ. Not all will hear and believe, to be sure, yet the Lord calls His Church to continue to call sinners to repentance.

This does include calling homosexuals to repentance. This also includes preaching the uncomfortable truth that we, with them, and all people, are deserving of God’s wrath, for “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and “The wages of sin is death.” Here, none are excluded, and no sinner is worse than another before God.

It’s easy to point the finger! But God’s Holy Word also applies to you and me. Thus, humbly we speak “the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), acknowledging that we, too, are sinners deserving of everlasting condemnation, but for the grace of God in Jesus Christ, God forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness (Romans 3:21-26; 5:1-4, 8; 8:1; 1 John 1:8-10; 2:1-2).

God alone, by means of His Word, changes hearts from unbelief to belief (Romans 10:17). Yours, too!

Though the days now and ahead be and become more difficult for the church as evil and sin become more greatly accepted (i.e. Genesis 6:5, 12; 8:21; Isaiah 5:20-21), we need not fear that God will forsake us. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). His mercy for you endures forever (Psalm 118). “Do not be afraid; only believe (Mark 5:36).

We know these words to be true because God sent His Son (John 3:16-21). Our Lord is faithful (2 Timothy 2:11-13. Even as He suffered, so will we, His church and His people. But we do not lose hope. Confidence in Christ is yours, for as He now lives, having conquered death itself through His own death (Romans 6:10), so do you now live unto Him! He is your peace and your confidence, even amid the growing challenges of our day.

The world will go as it will, but God’s people abide in Christ and His Word (John 8:31-32). Do not be anxious about the ways of the world. Continue to trust in God. Fail you, He will not!

“Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”

(Psalm 124:8)

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Announcements for the week of April 19, 2015

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“The Apostle Paul declares (1 Tim. 6:3) that all error in doctrine can be traced to the refusal of the teacher to continue in the wholesome words of Christ.”  (F. Pieper,  Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 323)

15-04-19, Easter 3, BA-2015B

Announcements for the week of March 29, 2015

 

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“Scripture remains dark to those whose prejudice against certain Scripture doctrines keeps them from even externally taking note of the respective words of  Scripture.”    (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 322)

 

 

15-03-29, Palm Sunday–Sunday of Passion, BA-2015B

 

Announcements for the week of March 22, 2015

 

Bible-Word of God,1“God has given us His Word in order to deliver us from our own perverse thoughts of God and divine matters.  But if we will not give up our own thoughts, but oppose them to God’s thoughts and thus condemn God in His Word, the dread judgment will come upon us: We will look upon God’s Word as obscure and offensive. (Is. 6:9-10; Acts 28:25-27; Rom. 9:31-33; 10:21; 11:7-10; Matt. 13:13 ff.)” (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 322)

 

15-03-22, Lent 5, BA-2015B

 

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