As we heard in the opening address, “from ancient times the season of Lent has been kept as a time of special devotion, self-denial, and humble repentance born of a faithful heart that dwells confidently on [God’s] Word and draws from it life and hope.” Tonight, we will focus on the implications of repentance and what it means for our lives. I can tell you what it meant for the professional painter who got caught thinning his paint…
Latest NewsletterGrace Notes 2024-02-14
I often consider Luther’s Small Catechism as one of the finest of the treasures in our tradition. The format of Luther’s catechism was not new, but the concise wording was a great gift. That it lends itself to memorization is what is so remarkable. It helps us to hide both Scripture and Biblical truths in our hearts. Hidden there we can meditate on them and then actually pray the Scriptures.
For those of us who have been involved in the study of 1 Corinthians we have learned that excessive pride is a leading problem in the Corinthian congregation. This congregation in one of the larger cities in the Roman Empire was a gifted congregation. They were said to be “enriched in all speech all knowledge”, but they were failing to recognize the danger that knowledge often “puffs up”, as opposed to love which “builds up”.
Why is the Gospel Message so important? You might think of it this way, it connects the saving work Christ accomplished on the Cross to the potential individual believer. Consider it the delivery system. It delivers the benefits and gifts of what our Lord accomplished for us. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, for all people. And yet we must receive by faith the gift of salvation He accomplished in dying for our sins. We can’t go back in time and come to the cross, but the benefits come to us in the preaching of the Gospel.