a Reflections of Our Savior

Reflections of Our Savior

July 2015

 

    

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us...”

Romans 15:4 (NIV84)

Dear Members and Friends of Our Savior:

Definition: “Pastor": A pastor is not a doctor, not a psychologist, not a social worker, not a licensed therapist, not an activities director, not the captain on the love-boat, not the chief of the morality-police, not a community organizer, not the owner of the church, not the boss. On the other hand, “pastor” means shepherd. He leads souls to God’s Word. He leads Christians in worship. He admonishes sin and provides sinners the comfort of forgiveness through Christ. He encourages believers in Christ to live their faith. He provides spiritual counsel upon request.

In all of this, first and foremost, a pastor is a teacher. He teaches God’s Word. And it isn’t just in Bible class that your pastor teaches.

One of the places I’ve been teaching over the past 13 years is in this “Reflections” newsletter. Off and on over the years you may recall devotions on the chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism. Most of those devotions have been posted on our church’s website. The devotional writings on Baptism and the Lord’s Supper will be posted soon, as soon as I edit and rework a few.

What is the purpose of these devotions? To teach--to teach the truths of God’s Word. Luther’s Small Catechism has been used as a teaching tool for nearly 500 years and it continues to be the best tool available to teach people, young and old, the doctrines of God’s Word. And why am I telling you this again? Because I want you to read them. I want you to know your faith and why we believe and teach what we do: because it is what God’s Word teaches; because God’s Word feeds our faith and our soul; so you have the tools necessary to speak God’s truth in love; so you can give others the reason for the hope that you have.

So, please go to oursaviorperry.org and find the drop down menu on Devotions, and start reading. You’ll be glad you did.

Pastor Johnson

P.S.: Since the issue of “marriage” has been in the news again lately, you might want to review the devotion on the Sixth Commandment. You’ll find it under the “Ten Commandments” drop-down menu at the church’s website.