Reflections of Our Savior

March 2018

 

 

"So then, faith comes from hearing the message,
and the message comes through the word of Christ."
[Romans 10:17 EHV]

 

Dear members and friends of Our Savior:

 

Can we ever have too much church? Can we ever have too much Bible study? The answer to both questions is a resounding "No." We can never have too much of either. And the reason is this: when people gather around God's word for worship and study good things happen—our sins are forgiven, our faith is nurtured, our minds are enlightened. God's word works. Hearing and learning his word is necessary.

So why don’t we have church and Bible study every day? Of course, if you the congregation wanted church and Bible study every day, we would. But you know it's not practical, is it? You have jobs, homes and families to care for, and days packed with the responsibilities that come with life. So, we worship on Sunday morning, and on other special Holy Days as announced.

But what about Bible study? We have tried different schedules and offerings over the years. This summer we have opted to not have Bible study or Sunday school on Sunday morning. We tried it for a couple of years, but continuity was a problem as attendance was down, I had a few Sundays off, and I filled in at another church in the area a couple of times.

But we will continue to have midweek Bible study on Wednesday’s throughout the summer. I hope that more of you will want to come on Wednesday evening, especially if you really miss Sunday morning Bible study.

Several years ago, we tried a day time Bible study, but only a couple of people expressed an interest. Whenever there is enough interest we can try to start up another Bible study some day during the week.

Lastly, always remember that your personal Bible reading is one of the best things you can do to grow in grace and faith in your Savior. Combine your Bible reading with reading hymns from the hymnal, read your Catechism, and other good devotional materials (like Meditations). When you do this, you will learn for yourself that Bible study everyday is the best thing you can do for your spiritual well-being and for your entire life. Draw near to God by reading his word, and he will draw near to you.

God bless your study.

 

Pastor Johnson