Welcome to Our Savior Lutheran Church! Shortly before he ascended into heaven, the risen Lord Jesus said to the apostles, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18, 19). The main thrust of these words (commonly called the Great Commission) is not that difficult to understand. It can probably be summarized in two words: Teaching and Reaching. Teach people all of God’s Word. Reach out to them with the good news of God’s forgiveness, won for all by Jesus’ death on the cross! Beautifully easy to understand. Maddeningly difficult to carry out! As Christians, we may be tempted to overemphasize the reaching at the expense of the teaching. Not every doctrine of the Bible is going to be popular. Some teachings from the Bible will most certainly drive people away. Yet Christ’s love compels us to teach everything he has revealed in his Word. All of Scripture is important because all of Scripture helps to support and strengthen one’s faith in the main message of the Bible. “For God so loved the world that he gave his One and Only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Teaching God’s Word is absolutely essential!
On the other hand, we may be tempted to overemphasize the teaching at the expense of the reaching. Sometimes Christians act like the saving words of Christ are meant to be sat on instead of shared with the dying world all around us. Reaching out with God’s Word is absolutely essential! This summer let’s strive to do both! Teaching and Reaching. Both are difficult. Both will be resisted by the devil, the world and our own lazy sinful nature. But look at the promise that our crucified and risen Lord Jesus leaves us with. “Surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.”
I invite you to take a look around our website. Feel free to call or email with any questions.
I pray that you will find many opportunities for both teaching and reaching at Our Savior!