PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
We Lutherans are all about God’s grace, as Luther emphasized, grace alone. For by grace through faith you are saved. Grace can be defined as God’s unearned love and favor. Without grace the entire world would be in deep trouble.
Matthew 5:45b He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
From here we get the idea of ‘common grace’, the blessings God provides all people regardless of their spiritual condition (in contrast to special grace, the blessings of salvation). What does common grace say about God? It is a daily reminder of God’s goodness to everyone. If it were you or me, we might withhold some of that grace from those who live contrary to God’s ways. However, God’s intension is more than providing conditions for mankind to live. His common grace provides a testimony about himself. Acts 14:17 Yet he (God) has not left himself without testimony: he has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
If the natural order was not dependable, we wouldn’t be certain that all this snow will melt in the next few weeks, and the temperature will consistently rise. It is the dependable laws of nature that make it possible to produce food, raise families, invent technology and so on. All human activity depends on God’s common grace.
What does, or should this say to everyone, but that we are surrounded by clearly seen evidence for our creator God. Isn’t that what Paul says in Romans 1:19-21? What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. No one needs a bible or an instructor to know there is a God, we have creation! Can you imagine a watch without a watch maker? How can we imagine DNA without a designer or creator? So, Paul is right in stating no one is excused for not believing in God.
Psychologist Paul Bloom at Yale University reports that “when children are directly asked about the origin of animals and people, they tend to prefer explanations that involve an intentional creator, even if the adults who raised them do not.” People don’t need a theological education or even Sunday school to believe in God. If you haven’t lately, take time to observe the common and simple objects of nature and discover the evidence for design by a loving, personal creator. More on this next week.
By the Way:
Wednesday 14, 3:00 Confirmation/exam.
Sunday 17, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: A God Beaten.
4:00 Living Last Supper rehearsal for all disciples.
Tuesday 19, Circles.
Sunday 24, 9:00 Morning worship with guest speaker, Missionary Luke Schroeder. No Sunday school.
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