Monday, June 29, 2015

LC-MS July Theme: Service

LCMS ministries, districts, congregations provide service opportunities.

Serving our neighbor —
compassionate care for others
LCMS ministries, districts, congregations provide service opportunities.In July, we recognize how Christ sets us free to love and to serve our neighbor.
+ When you contemplate Christ’s free gift of salvation and all the other gifts God bestows on us, it’s easy to feel overwhelming joy, gratitude and a desire to “pay it forward” to others.
+ This July, we celebrate all that God has blessed us with, and we rejoice in the opportunities He gives us to express our gratitude in service to our neighbor.
+ As Lutherans, we collectively and compassionately care for others. It’s in our nature to serve wherever we see the need, so that’s our theme for July — service.
+ Throughout the ministries of the LCMS, your district and local congregation, opportunities abound for joyful service throughout the year.
+ If you’d like to serve through your church, talk to your pastor. He’ll help you find a way to serve others in your congregation, in your local community or beyond.
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    If Baptist doctrine contradicts the word of God which one is correct?

    Baptist Doctrine: Perseverance of the saints, AKA as once saved always saved.

    God's Word: Galatians 5:1-4.... You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (NKJV)

    God's Word: Hebrews 6:4-6 4 For it is impossible......6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance.....(NKJV)

    God's Word: Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; (NKJV)

    God's Word: 1 Timothy 4:1...some will depart from the faith...(NKJV)

    Christians can become lost.


    Baptist Doctrine: Water baptism is not essential for the forgiveness of sins and is not essential in order to be saved.

    God's Word: Acts 2:38 ....and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.....(NKJV)

    God's Word: Mark 16:16 ....and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

    God's Word: 1 Peter 3:21 There is an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism...(NKJV)

    God's Word: Acts 22:16...Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins...(NKJV)

    God's Word: Colossians 2:12 -13 buried with Him in baptism...13...having forgiven you all trespasses,(NKJV)

    God's Word: Ephesians 5:25-27 ....Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it 26 that He might sanctify and wash it with the washing of water by the word,(NKJV)

    God's Word: Romans 6:4-7 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death.......7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.(NKJV)

    God's Word: John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.(NKJV)

    Being immersed in water is an essential part of the gospel plan of salvation.

    Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (NKJV)

    The apostles did not preach Baptist doctrine, they preached the word of God.

    Denominations were not formed so they could preach the apostles' doctrine. Denominations were formed so they could change the apostles' doctrine. If all denominations preached only God's word, there would be just one church, the church of Jesus Christ.


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  3. For anyone who reads the above comment (which I'm leaving up) you should know that no one can actually speak for all Baptists because a fundamental thought in Baptist theology is that each individual's opinion in theological matters is of equal validity. Therefore, while one Baptist Church may well teach "eternal security" another Baptist Church may deny the very same doctrine. The last statement (that begins: Denominations were not formed ...) is, of course, false. That is precisely why denominations are formed. The problem is that fallen humanity disagrees on what the words in the Bible mean. It isn't like this, that or the other denomination has decided to teach falsehood. What they teach they think is God's truth. They simply misunderstand what the truth is.