"I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God."
I hope you were kidding! Oh, how the ghost of Pietism haunts us!Consider the doctrine of election- and reflect that nobody will miss heaven because you "missed or blew a chance to witness!"Consider, too, that guilt-driven "evangelism" is the hallmark of the reformed "Evangelicalism" to which Lutheranism is such a happy antidote. We don't *have* to witness; we *get* to. And we do it by simply living our lives as Christians in the vocations in which God has placed us, and being prepared to give an account for the hope that is in us.We can't blow it. It's not a thing you can blow.
Well, Bob, I hadn't thought of it that way, but I see your point. I was thinking more of regrets if I purposely hid my faith from someone. That's not really a "fear", just a regret. Thanks for the good clarification!
Well, out of the choices given, I would have to choose these two:1) Missing church on Sunday -- Because you know I likes me my Divine Service! ;-)2) Stewardship Sunday -- Because this pretty much means that (to paraphrase Todd Wilken) Jesus & the Gospel will be getting the week off, so that I/we can get beat over the head with the Law! If stewardship is thought of (and taught) properly, then it will be Gospel-based and organically a part of *every* Sunday - IOW, folks won't need to be guilted into action!-ghp
If one of your two top fears is losing your pastor to another Church, you must have a very good pastor. That's a good problem.It is interesting to note that in the early Church the relationship between a bishop (i.e. pastor) and his Church was considered lifelong - like a marriage. When the bishop fell asleep in the Lord, people spoke of the diocese as being "widowed" until a new bishop was elected and ordained.The canon law passed by the Council of Nicaea (of Nicene Creed fame) prohibited a bishop from being moved from one Church to another. So you can see that in those early days, no one had to fear losing his or her pastor to another Church. Of course, if your pastor was a big loser, you were stuck with him for life.
Chris,Thanks for stopping by! It is a beautiful description, to think of a pastor and his church as lifelong and like marriage. Words can't describe the personal feelings I have for our pastors. I do wish I had the security of knowing they would be for life. I love them so dearly. Our pastors have received 3 or 4 calls since the spring and it has been very unsettling. I selfishly want them to be our pastors for life. I don't have them on a pedestal - they are also very human - but they proclaimed the gospel to me through God's Word and saved me from a path of destruction. Of course, I have the "benefit" of being at lousy churches before finding theirs, so they didn't have too hard a job of being an improvement! :)
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