Monday, September 8, 2008

Speaking of Jesus: September 2008

We talk a lot about sharing our faith around here. After visiting our church a few times, one gentleman told me that, "One thing I got out of your church is that Lutherans are really big on evangelism!" We do talk a lot about it, but sometimes I fear that, though we see the importance of speaking of Jesus, we don't always feel well equipped to do so. We say, "I know I should share Christ, but with whom? What should I say? When is it appropriate? Where should I do it? Why is it such a big deal? How should I go about it and how will the hearer respond? These are all valid questions, and questions we would do well to ask ourselves before we just stand on a street-corner with a megaphone screaming "Repent heathen! Repent!"

This next month, we are going to deal with the who, what, when, where, why, and how's of talking about Jesus by looking at Jesus' ministry in the gospel of Luke. Who did He talk to? What did He say? When did He say it? Where... well... you get the idea. As we study the way in which Christ delivered Himself to others, we will not only find good examples, but we will learn the very message we should be sharing with our friends. That is, the message that God entered into this sinful world in Christ to overthrow the power and effects of sin and to reconcile the world to God through his death and resurrection. Jesus is this message in action, He is the Word made flesh.

As we get into this series, I would hope and pray that you would take up and read the gospel of Luke. As you read the Gospel, ask yourself who, what when, where, why, and how. Examine the way in which Jesus worked, and not only this, but read about what He has done for you! See what promises He makes to you! We have a wonderful Jesus who gave all of Himself for our salvation by dying on a cross. The message of this cross brings eternal life! May the Lord bless our church as we learn from Jesus Christ.

Pastor Bob

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