PASTOR SAJBAN’S OCTOBER MESSAGE
Reformation 2018 – Six Months after the
“Hammer Blow Heard ‘Round the World”
A little more than six months after Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany he, along with his brother monk Leonhard Beyer, presented and defended 40 new theses in what is historically known as the Heidelberg Disputation. These new theses were written and defended using Scripture and the writings of the respected Church Father Augustine. On April 26 in 1518 at the monastery of the Augustinian Order in the great German city of Heidelberg brother Luther and brother Beyer presented theses to the gathered monks and priests there that rightly show Scripture’s teaching about such things as good works, righteousness and where it comes from, free will in humans, a theology of the cross and a theology of glory, true Law and true Gospel. Twenty eight of the theses were theological. Twelve were theses that disputed some of the theological philosophy that was generally accepted in the Church, especially the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas.
These theses, much more refined than those Luther posted in Wittenberg, teach a number of paradoxes of faith that are found in God’s Word. A paradox is according to the New Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus of 1995, “a statement which, though true, seems false and self-contradictory.” Luther cites Romans 1:20 and 1 Corinthians 1 21-25 to defend theses 19 and 20. These important paradoxical passages of Scripture state, “For His (God’s) invisible attributes, namely His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse,” and “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through (human) wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek (human) wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Theses # 19 states: “That person does not deserve to be called a theologian who looks upon the “invisible” things of God as though they were clearly perceptible in those things which have actually happened.” And in the next theses # 20 Luther states: “He deserves to be called a theologian, however, who comprehends the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross.”
In his explanation and defense of these two theses Luther explains for theses # 19: “This is apparent in the example of those who were “theologians” and still were called “fools” by the Apostle (Paul) in Romans 1:22 (“Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”) Furthermore, the invisible things of God are virtue, godliness, wisdom, justice, goodness, and so forth. The recognition of all these things does not make one worthy or wise.” Martin Luther explains the 20th thesis thus: “The manifest and visible things of God are placed in opposition to the invisible, namely, His (Jesus’) human nature, weakness, foolishness. The Apostle (Paul) in 1 Corinthians 1:25 call them the weakness and folly of God…Now it is not sufficient for anyone, and it does him no good to recognize God in His glory and majesty, unless he recognizes Him in the humility and shame of the cross. Thus God destroys the wisdom of the wise, as Isaiah 45:15 says, ‘Truly, Thou art a God who hidest Thyself.”
In making these statements Luther centers our life in faith in the cross of Christ, in God who suffers and dies for sinners who deserve only His wrath and punishment. Rather than looking for God in trying to attain to His holy characteristics through so-called good works, we are drawn rather to see Christ’s work as fully sufficient for our eternal salvation. Rather than looking at the discipline of God that we see in our own lives, discipline that at the time it makes itself present in our lives often seems to us the punishment and wrath of God directed at us for our sins, we are to find strength and hope in this holy and heavenly discipline through the very person of Jesus who suffered and died that we might live in Him in a freedom of faith, not a freedom from suffering.
Over the next few months we will more fully explore the Theology of the Cross in comparison with the Theology of Glory. Happy Reformation Day!
Up Coming Events & Meetings…
Þ Vine & Branches October 6th here at LCOOS
Þ Council Meeting October 9th at 7:00 pm (Note date change)
Þ Altar Guild Meeting October 13th at 9:30 am
Þ Memorial Committee Meeting October 13th at 10:00 am
Þ Parish Nurse In October 14th at 10:15 am
Þ Voter’s Meeting October 21st at 11:15 am
Þ 4th Thursday at Senior Dining October 25th
Þ LWML Fall Rally at Okabena October 27th
Þ Pastor & Parent Meeting October 28th at 10:30 am
4th Thursday at Senior Dining…
We are going to start up our 4th Thursday eating at Windom Senior Dining for lunch.
We will start on Thursday, October 25th. Dinner is served at 11:30. Please be at Senior Dining by 11:15, so you will have enough time to fill out an informational sheet (once a year). Meals are at a reduced rate of only $4.50. You must sign up by October 22nd. There is a sign-up sheet in the upper narthex.
Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner…
We will again host the Thanksgiving Day Dinner this year on November 22nd. This meal is served to all those who don’t have a place to go to on Thanksgiving. Watch for further details in the bulletin and Lamplighter for up coming meetings in planning this community service event.
Faith in Action Committee
Parish Nurse Program. Need or want your blood pressure taken, maybe review your medications or talk about your medical conditions? If interested, it will be the 2nd Sunday from 10:15 to 10:45 am in the Sonshine Preschool room. We will also have an occasional article in the lamplight so check it out.
Mark your Calendars for the LWML Annual…
Holiday Cookie Walk Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
In the Fellowship Hall, Every family is asked to furnish several batches or 2-3 pans of
Christmas cookies, bars, or candies
We sell out fast & early every year We need more fancy goodies to keep our customers happy during the holiday season. Please have your goodies to the church by November 16th