Reflections of Our Savior

August 2015

 

 

“I the Lord do not change...” (Malachi 3:6)

Dear members and friends of Our Savior:

I am changing. A few more grey hairs, a few more pounds, a few more years. You are probably changing, too. Our church is changing. Some different faces and names--a few who have left our church to worship somewhere else, and a few new souls to fill the void. Yes, things change.

But, most of all, our world is changing.

A quick look around shows us that we are indeed living in the “post-Christian age.” I realize that the majority of Americans call themselves Christians or “religious”, but it seems that an increasingly small minority actually view life from a Christ-centered or Biblical world view. The social changes that have gone on in our society are proof positive that the majority of Americans have adopted a man-centered (or self-centered) view of their lives and the world around them.

Yes, indeed, the world is changing. But be assured, God has not changed. God will not change. What does that mean for us?

It means that despite the changes all around us, our church’s teachings and doctrines and practices will not change. We will still proclaim the timeless truths taught in God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures. We will still proclaim that God is the creator, and giver of all life; that God still preserves this world according to his gracious will. We will still proclaim the sinfulness of all mankind together with the compassion, love, and mercy of our God toward this fallen world. We will still call anything contrary to God’s will “sin”; we will still call sinners to repentance and faith in Christ our Savior. We will still repent of our own sins first, and place our faith in Jesus who lived and died for us. We will still proclaim Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sins of all people. We will still assure believers in Christ of eternal life in heaven. These things do not change.

God does not change and His Word does not change either. What a great comfort for us in this changing world that our God has never changed, nor will He ever change. His promises are always wrapped up in His unchangeable nature and essence. He says, “I the Lord do not change...”

 

Pastor Johnson