This is ... Most Certainly True!
The Church honors governing authorities.
Wisdom from God helps us to see the relationship between the Church and the government and the respect we owe to all who govern.
O Lord, our God, govern the nations on earth and direct the affairs of this world so that your Church may worship you in peace and joy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
God gives us government as a gift and as his servant. Even when we can’t see it so clearly, God is working his plans and purposes for us and for all people through government. Church and state have different tools, different roles, and different goals. We would do well to keep these differences in mind. When we expect the government to accomplish what the Church has been called to do or vice versa, we will be left disappointed. Whether we have a government that is good, fair and equitable to us or not, we can rejoice that God is in control. Christ is King of both kingdoms and nothing can take from him his throne in either realm. Join us for a discussion on chapters 3-4 or Civil Government.
The Church is composed of those who believe the Gospel.
The Church is not made up of the good and the great, but only of those who
put their faith in Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
Almighty God, you invite us to trust in you for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of your judgment but by the greatness of your mercy; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Church forgives as God forgives.
Can we, who have been forgiven so much, hesitate to forgive those who sin against us? Jesus urges to imitate his love. He warns us not to imitate the example of the unmerciful servant.
Lord, we pray that your mercy and grace may always go before and follow after us that, loving you with undivided hearts, we may be ready for every good and useful work; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Built in 1900, the structure that you know of as Grace Lutheran Church on the corner of Juneau and Broadway has been a mainstay in the downtown Milwaukee community. The group of German Christians that called this congregation their home brought God glory in the building of 2 churches – one dedicated in 1851 and the current structure to replace it, dedicated in 1901! These churches were built to God’s glory and became a place where God’s glory is proclaimed and has been for a collective 170 years. Listen to this first in the series episode to learn about and further appreciate the unique blessing that the church building is to the ministry here. Join in and learn about “God’s Grace at Grace”
The Church guards the faith of others.
Jesus calls his people to reach out to the world. He also calls us to approach people we know, even brothers and sisters, who are giving in to sin and risking unbelief. This is "mission work" at its hardest.
O Lord Jesus Christ, preserve the congregation of believers with your never-failing mercy. Help us avoid whatever is wicked and harmful, and guide us in the way that leads to our salvation; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
The Church lives under the cross.
Following Jesus brings countless blessings, but among them are not leisure and freedom from trouble. As believers carry out their work as the Church, they can expect opposition and hardship. Carrying a cross often identifies a person as a Christian.
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of faith of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Revelation is one of the most discussed and most misunderstood books in the whole Bible. While the pastors at Grace don’t have all the answers for you, I think you’ll benefit from listening to this podcast and being shown some of the glory of this unique book of Scripture. Through its sights and symbols and visions, God reveals to John and to us one glorious and simple truth! JESUS WINS!! So read this glorious book and enjoy this only slightly less glorious discussion of the book of Revelation!
The Church stand forever.
To the human eye, the visible Church often seems weak and ineffective. Not so, says Jesus. God preserves the faithful follower.
Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life that we may boldly confess Him to be the Christ and steadfastly walk in the way that leads to life eternal; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Hebrews is a marvelous book in the new Testament, a beautiful sermon on the intent and purpose of the Old Testament ceremonial code. God commanded what worship should look like in the Old Testament and with good reason. Everything pointed forward to Jesus. Now faced with the temptation to revert back to the Old Testament style of worship, the writer of this beautiful book warns of the danger of backsliding. Jesus is better than Moses, than the High Priest, than the Sabbath Day. His blood paid the full price of our sins. His sacrifice was sufficient!! Don’t slide away from Jesus! He’s the best and the only Savior!!
The Church Is For All People.
Jesus helps us to see that his love is for all and encourages his people to reach out to those of all nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift of grace that we come into your presences and offer true and faithful service. Grant that our worship on earth may always be pleasing to you, and in the life to come give us the fulfillment of what you have promised; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
As Paul sees the end of his life approaching, he makes his final preparations and gives his final encouragements to his son in the faith and partner in the gospel - Timothy. His confidence, hope and joy are inspiring in their own regard, and especially so when considering that he wrote these words and held this hope even from his dungeon jail cell! We can take his words and be encouraged to praise God, in any and every situation!
Christians live by faith, overcoming doubt.
Full of bravado, Peter accepted Jesus' invitation to walk on the water of the Sea of Galilee. His faith was not strong enough to overcome his doubts, however, and he began to sink. As he did for Peter, Jesus strengthens our faith and leads us to overcome our doubts with his power and promises.
Almighty and most merciful God, preserve us from all harm and danger that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish what you want done; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.