Faith Clings to Christ Alone

Jokes about Judgment Day are designed to disarm the serious preacher and those who may take him seriously. Nevertheless, the Bible teaches: “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10).

Before the Judge on His throne of glory “All nation will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides His sheep and goats” (Matthew 25:32). “God has appointed a Day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to by raising Him from the dead” (Acts17:31). “The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His (Christ’s) voice and come forth–those who have done good to the resurrection of life and they who have done evil to resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28,29), reminding us that the verdict will either be life or condemnation with no in-between.

Judgment in a human court of law is not made on the basis of motive or thoughts. Witnesses to what the person has done constitute the evidence.  God however knows our thoughts, our faith, and counts our dependence on the death and resurrection of Christ as righteousness. He will however point to the works which the believer has done as evidence for a true faith.

The hymn says it so clearly:
Faith clings to Jesus’ cross alone, And rests in Him unceasing;
And by its fruits true faith is known, With love and hope increasing.
For faith alone can justify; Works serve our neighbor and supply
The proof that faith is living.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Divine Service is at 10:00 a.m.

Advent service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Submission

An irritant to people of this present culture is the admonition of Holy Scripture, “As the Church submits to Christ, so let the wives submit to their own husbands in everything” (Ephesians 5:24). The media delights in mocking any politician especially, but also any “old fashioned church” which would cling to such “antiquated” ideas.

The ridicule arises from not knowing what it means to submit to Christ.
When Jesus wanted to wash Peter’s feet, as He had done for all the disciples, Peter said, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with me” (John 13:8). Submitting for Peter was to allow Jesus not only to wash his feet but to wash and cleanse him from sin. This is above all else the submission of the Church to Jesus Christ. Unless you allow Christ to love you, wash and cleanse you from all sin, provide for you in time and for eternity, He will have to say to you, “You have no part with Me!” Yet this is the first and foremost understanding of how believers in Christ, the Church, submit to Christ.

What joy it is then for the Christian wife to submit to a husband who seeks to love her as Christ loves the church. Come to Peace Lutheran Church to learn more of this submission. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Do we “In God We Trust”?

The Apostle Paul reminded the Athenians of an inscription in their city, “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.” He took this as a text to declare Him, hitherto unknown to them, as the God who created the world, the God to whom we are accountable, and the God who raised His Son from the dead, Who will judge the world in righteousness on the Last Day (Acts 17:23-32).

The US House of Representatives recently voted 396 to 9 to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the national motto, to be freely placed on our coinage and public buildings. Sounds good, but as long as government schools must officially teach evolution (thus rejecting creation) and remove from the school all references to Jesus Christ or traditions relating to the Christian Faith, has this nation not reverted back to the Athenian’s UNKNOWN GOD. As such, the word GOD is totally meaningless, a figment of everyone’s imagination.

Come to Peace Lutheran Church to be reminded of the Creator in Whom we are invited to trust, and of Jesus Christ, God’s Son in Whom we are invited to believe as the One who died for our sins and arose from the dead on the 3rd day. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Law and Gospel

Lutherans place a strong emphasis upon the proper distinction between the Law and the Gospel.

The Law makes one conscious of sin (Romans 3:20) and condemns the sinner (Romans 6:23). Here is a Law passage: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9). The Law says that God will not tolerate sin. The Law must be proclaimed to all people, because all have sinned (Romans 3:23) but especially to those who are smug and comfortable and even proud of their sin.

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins. In Christ God forgives the sins of all people, promising that all who trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior receive this forgiveness as a gift. To those who humbly receive this gift by faith, God gives a clean heart and right spirit. Until people admit to their sin, proclaiming this Gospel will be for them like “Casting pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6).  An improper distinction happens when the Law is toned down because it is so harsh (if you try to do right God will understand), or when conditions are placed on the Gospel (start doing good, then God can forgive you).

Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear the Law in all its severity and the Gospel in all its sweetness.  Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.