As we close the month of October in the year 2017, I am reminded of an event that occurred some 500 years ago! This Tuesday, October 31 2017, is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his “95 Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
Our focus this month being international missions, let us ponder a couple of thoughts from the legacy of Martin Luther. The apostle Paul lays out very clearly in the book of Romans, the doctrine of justification by faith alone. (Read Romans 10:9,10) Luther saw the church straying from this critical doctrine specifically through the practice of selling indulgences. Yet is not this doctrine of faith without works just as applicable today, as it was in his day. Of course we know that to be the case!
Another legacy of Luther is having the Word of God in one’s own language. Luther translated the New Testament from the Greek directly to German so his people could have the Word in their own day to day language, instead of the scholar only language of the priests (Latin). Paul also writes in Romans 10 about the power of hearing the Word. (Read Romans 10:14-17). Where would you be without the Word in English?
While the month of October ends, our focus on missions should not. I am reminded of the words of Christ in His Great Commission with two thoughts: GO And TELL (Read Mark 16:15). Let us therefore go and tell of the mighty fortress that is our God!
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Advancing the Gospel through Persecution
Rev. John Hutcheson
A Kingdom Perspective on Risk-Taking for the Gospel
Rev. John Hutcheson
Pizza and Picasso, November 11th
9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Ladies join us for a wonderful morning of painting followed by a pizza lunch. The event is a great opportunity to bring a friend, a daughter, or a granddaughter. Each participant will paint an 11″x14” canvas print to take home with them. The cost is $10/per participant which includes all of the supplies and pizza lunch. Register Here.
Labor of Love
November 18, 8:30 AM to 1 PM
Join us as we care for the leaves in the yards of church members. Sign up this Sunday with a teen at one of the exits or in the Welcome Center. Light breakfast and delicious lunch provided. Bring rakes, leaf blowers, tarps and bags. Any questions contact Jocelyn Carrell, 804.297.8030, or email@example.com
Operation Christmas Child boxes are available in the back hallway beginning this Sunday. Boxes must be
returned by Sunday, Nov. 19th
Would you enjoy welcoming visitors, greeting members, and distributing bulletins on a Sunday morning? Contact Eric Key at 586.873.3406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Arrivals in the Church Library!
Nov. 11 – Pizza & Picasso (Women’s Ministry)
Nov. 12 – SOMA Life Groups
Nov. 18 – *Labor of Love (*note date change)
Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Pie & Praise