PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

1/31/18

I’ve heard it said that the Bible is hard to understand.  Well it is true, some passages are difficult to understand and interpret. However, when it comes to its core message of salvation from sin, death and Satan it is very simple and straight forward.  For example, Acts 4:12: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

For starters when the Bible refers to God’s name it is much more than a title or ‘handle’. His name encompasses his whole being, his nature and character. So we are given a name (Jesus) not by man, but by God which can free anyone from sin, eternal death and Satan.  This precludes the idea that there may be another way or means to get to heaven, such as being good, live an altruistic life, follow Buddha or Deepak Chopra or some other spiritual leader. All these paths end in eternal death.

When was the name Jesus given to mankind for salvation? About 2000 years ago an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him: “She (Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Mt. 1:21.  The name Jesus was given to you and me and everyone on earth that we would believe and receive Him and his payment for sin on the cross. Even though there is no other name given for salvation, no one who believes will be turned away. The road to salvation is exclusively through Jesus Christ and inclusively for all.  That is why Jesus said in John 14:6: I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” How sad it would be if Jesus didn’t tell us this for fear of offending someone thus allowing people to trust who or whatever they want and in the end be lost. What about you, your family and friends?

Pr. Bob

By The Way:

Sunday 4, 9:00 AM Morning Worship & Holy Communion.  Sermon: God’s Kingdom Come.

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10:15 Sunday school.

 

February, 11 10:20 AM.  Annual Meeting