Introduction: The Church Council will be embarking on a series of studies that are led by Pastor Augustin, to explore each of our portfolios – which aligns back to life at BLC. We encourage everyone from BLC family to join us especially if you feel particularly called to a specific ministry and wish to know more. If you wish to serve in the future, but do not know where to start, feel free to join every or any session at all! We have just completed our second study of the series and wish to provide a review of what we have gathered. The details of future studies are listed at the end of the article and we welcome you with wide arms to join us. For further details of how to, please scroll to the end of the article. Thanks!
– Sincerely, BLC Council Members
July 12, 2015
What is Church?
- But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2: 9 (NIV)
- Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? – 1 Corinthians 3: 16 (KJV)
- to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up – Ephesians 4: 12 (NIV)
How do we recognize a church?
- The gospel is purely preached.
- The sacraments are rightly administered.
How does a church sustain its life?
How is a church organized internally?
- Council (See: Acts 6: 1-7)
How is a church organized externally?
** Within Malaysia **
- Bangsar Lutheran Church
- Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM) – With approximately 10,000 members in 62 congregations.
- Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches Malaysia & Singapore (FELCMS), which includes:
- Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM)
- Christian Federation Malaysia (CFM)
** Beyond Malaysia **
- Lutheran World Fellowship
- Christian Conference Asia (CCA)
- World Council of Churches (WCC)
- Partners – Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)
What are the Four Pillars of Church?
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. – Acts 2: 42 – 47 (NIV)
- Discipleship (Teaching)
- Breaking of Bread – Sacrament (worship) & Agape Meal
What is the Mission of the Church – Why do we exist?
- To be counter-culture (the Beatitudes) – Matthew 5: 1 – 12
- To proclaim the works of Him – 1 Peter 2: 9
- To intercede for others – 1 Timothy 2: 1
- To be “priests” – 1 Peter 2: 9
- To be “prophets” – 1 Corinthians 12: 28
- To be a “community of difference” (salt) – Matthew 5: 13
- To be a “guide” (light) – Matthew 5: 14 – 16
Review: During the session, each one of us shared what the word “church” mean to us personally. We talked about how being a Holy Nation meant we were set apart, while being the body of Christ meant that the church is alive and grows, with Christ being the head that is leading the church. We also looked at the similarities of Corinthians to our world today, and how Paul guided the church based on the letters to the Corinth, among many other interesting discussions. If you wish to know more and have the notes to the session, please feel free to drop us a comment in the comment box and we will reach out to you.
In the next couple of months, we will be having the following studies after service and we are excited to have you join us.
21-Jun-2015: Being Lutheran 12-Jul-2015: Exploring Church
- 2-Aug-2015: Worship
- 27-Sep-2015: Stewardship
- 25-Oct-2015: Mission
- 15-Nov-2015: Community
- 20-Dec-2015: Discipleship
In the coming session, when we talk about Worship, we anticipate interesting discussion on lithurgy, Worship from the Early Church and concepts as well as essentials of Worship. We will also seek to craft a vision for worship in BLC.
If you are interested in the topic that will be discussed on 2nd August 2015, please do drop us an e-mail, one week in advance (26 Jul 2015), to rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com or leave us a comment below. Lunch will be provided if you register and express your wish to have lunch to be provided accordingly.
See you there !