Oct. 14 – “What Must I Do to Be Saved?”

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Read or Listen to the Scripture Readings for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost at ESV.org

  • Old Testament Reading – Amos 5:6-15, “Seek the Lord and Live”
  • Epistle – Hebrews 3:12-19, “A Rest for the People of God”
  • Holy Gospel – Mark 10:17-22:”The Rich Young Man”

Listen to this week’s The Lutheran Hour message titled, “We Will Not Fear”


Not pie-in-the-sky make-believe joy, but real joy

Faith is not an escape from the realities of this world. Joy comes not from pretending sin, evil and death don’t exist, but from trusting in God to conquer these things on our behalf and to deliver us from them. We suffer from the effects of sin, both the sins we ourselves commit and the sins that others commit, and we deserve only punishment. Joy is found in the promises of God in Christ to deliver us through forgiveness to the life of the world to come, where there will be no more sin, death, suffering or pain. Christ suffered and will never leave us in our suffering. In Him we have joy.

Find out more at joyfullylutheran.org and each Sunday during Adult Bible Study.

 

Oct. 7 – “The Rest We Share”

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Read or Listen to the Scripture Readings for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost at ESV.org

  • Old Testament Reading – Genesis 2:18-25, “The Creation of Man and Woman”
  • Epistle – Hebrews 2:1-13, “Warning Against Neglecting Salvation”
  • Holy Gospel – Mark 10:2-16, “Teaching About Divorce”

Listen to this week’s The Lutheran Hour message titled, “God Created”

The Scriptures teach joy

In A Little Book on Joy (St. Louis: CPH, 2001), LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison wrote, “Genesis to Revelation . . . it was all gift and joy over the gifts.” The Scriptures teach both Law and Gospel, with the focus on what God has done to save this fallen world. Sin is real, and God still has wrath against sin. The overall thrust of the Bible is God’s action to save mankind from sin and death. He accomplished this through His Son. And for this, we rejoice in God’s gift of love and salvation.

Find out more at joyfullylutheran.org and each Sunday during Adult Bible Study.


 

Sept. 30 -“We Believe, Thus We Speak”

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Read or Listen to the Scripture Readings for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost at ESV.org

  • Old Testament Reading – Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29, “The People Complain”
  • Epistle – James 5:13-20, “The Prayer of Faith”
  • Holy Gospel – Mark 9:38-50, “Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us “

Listen to this week’s The Lutheran Hour message titled, “Cut Off — for Us”

Lutherans trust in Christ alone for salvation

“Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. People are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake. By His death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins. God counts this faith for righteousness in His sight” (AC IV). This article is often referred to as the doctrine on which the Church stands or falls. This confession relies entirely on God’s work in Christ for salvation. This is joy: God loves you and has worked for your salvation. Rejoice!  Find out more at joyfullylutheran.org and each Sunday during Adult Bible Study.