A New Class Begins

pouring-colorsBill and I have started a new class called Lutheran Distinctions.  The class covers several of the distinctions the Lutheran church makes in theology.  Some of the distinctions we will be covering are:

  • Law and Gospel
  • The two kingdoms
  • Two kinds of righteousness
  • Theology of the Cross vs Theology of Glory
  • etc.

Lutherans distinguish between these things.  For example, we distinguish between Law (what God commands) and Gospel (what God does for us).

Other Christian groups do not make these distinctions, confusing (or combining) the two ideas.  For example, in regards to the two kingdoms, Lutherans distinguish between two ways that God rules the world, though governments and through the church.   Lutherans keep the two kingdoms separate, but some groups confuse (or combine) the two, teaching that the government should control the church.  One clear example of this is the formation of the Church of England.  Also, in the U.S. many states originally had a state church.

We are a couple weeks into the course now and over the next 8 weeks we will be examining what these distinctions are, why we make these distinctions, and what impact making these distinctions or confusing them makes on what we believe and teach faith and salvation.

We’ll write more about the individual distinctions in the coming weeks.

Share your thoughts:

  • What Lutheran distinctions do you particularly like or find important?
  • Are there any distinctions which you would like to know more about?

Who’s coming to High School COVE on Wednesday?


High School Bible Study
Wednesday nights from 8:00 – 9:00 pm

We just concluded a three week study where we took a closer look at God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of these parts of God have worked and continue to work in the hearts and minds of all of us. As we study the Bible together, it allows us to grow closer to the one who created, redeemed, and guides us.

We will NOT be meeting on 6/19, 7/17, and 7/31 as I will be out of town.

Graduation

This morning I am getting ready for a VPK Pre-School graduation.   If you want to see a great example of cute, imagine 18, 4-5 year olds enter the Church in royal blue caps and gowns for their graduation ceremony.  As I open this celebration with a prayer and devotion the event always makes me think of the future and what is in store for these kids.  If you told me at the end of Pre-School that I would be writing a blog, I would have asked what is a blog?   What is in store for you in the future?

I asked the kids that question this morning what they will be doing in the future and the most popular answer was, I am going to be a Veterinarian.  Honorable mention goes to firemen, policemen, and doctors which were all common answers.  While I could not tell them what they will be doing in 30 years I did give the promise of what God will be doing for them in the future, loving them.   I read them this passage from Romans chapter 8.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)

The only thing God says is certain in the future is the love of God that He has for us all in Christ Jesus.  Death does not stop that love and in fact that is when we will become all the more aware of the love of God in Jesus.  Our human tendency is to get caught up in the situations and events of life.  Sometimes we are on mountain tops and sometimes we are in valleys.  Paul is trying to remind us of that in this passage.  Yet there is one thing that is forever, and that is what we are called to base our lives upon, our faith and relationship with Jesus.  Living by faith is to get caught up in the most important in thing in life, our relationship with God.

For all of the graduates this season these words are great for new adventures.  Wither you are graduating from Kindergarten, High School or College, and moving on to any of the various career options, life is meant to be an adventure.    It is always more of an adventure when you remember who is always with you.

Pastor Dave

 

 

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