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 first 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
June 21, 2015
During the 16th century, Martin Luther challenged the teachings, practices and structures of the Roman Catholic Church. He insisted that the central message of Christianity is the good news that sinners become reconciled to God by grace through faith because of the saving work of Jesus Christ. It is important to remember that Luther did not intend to start a new church. He wanted to reform the existing church so that the Gospel message was communicated clearly and that the church reflected that Gospel center. Lutherans organized into a separate church only after Luther’s views was repeatedly rejected by the Roman Catholic Church.
‘Lutheran’ as an Insult
The word ‘Lutheran’ actually began as an insult used by Luther’s opponents. Luther later tried to discourage his supporters from calling themselves Lutherans since they were followers of Jesus Christ and not followers of Martin Luther himself.
“What is Luther?” he once wrote. “After all, the teaching is not mine. Neither was I crucified for anyone.”
It was the gospel message that remained central for Luther, not his leadership. In a sermon preached in Wittenberg shortly after his return from Wartburg Castle, Luther insisted:
“I simply taught, preached and wrote God’s Word. I did nothing; the Word did everything.”
Core Lutheran Themes
- Justification by grace through faith for Christ’s sake
- Law and gospel
- Means of grace
- Theology of the cross
- Saint and sinner
- Contextual theology
Review: During the session, interesting discussion and elaboration on the above Core Lutheran Themes were made. Having attending a Lutheran church, it was interesting to know the Core Themes and some of the reasons behind what we do today. 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 Sunday, when we talk about Exploring Church, we anticipate interesting discussion on what it means to be “church” and the role of Church Council. We will also learn about the Church set-up in regards to the LCM, KL District and many others.
If you are interested in the topic that will be discussed this coming Sunday, please do drop an e-mail by Friday (10-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 !