PASTOR SAJBAN’S MAY MESSAGE
“All Scripture is breathed out by God…for training in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16
How does the Word of God train you in righteousness? Many look for a simple answer to this question by saying that Scripture teaches us right from wrong, sin from good. And though this is very true, that is, that God’s perfect Word does show forth a righteous way of life through the keeping of His Law, we are reminded that not one person will be saved by keeping God’s Law. In what righteousness then does God’s Word train us? It is in the righteousness of Christ Jesus the Son of God and your Savior. God’s Word trains us to ALWAYS look to Jesus’ righteousness for our salvation and life. As Christians we trust in Jesus’ righteousness for our salvation. We also trust in it for our daily lives that display God’s righteousness in word and deed.
We hear in the Word from God’s prophet Isaiah: (65:6 KJV) “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags…” And also St. Paul writes in his letter to the Romans (3:10, 12, 20 KJV) “There is none righteous, no, not one.” And “…there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” And also, “Therefore by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the Law is the knowledge of sin…” The righteousness that we must be trained in is the righteousness of Christ, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24) A Christian can do nothing good in his heavenly Father’s eyes, he can do no righteous works or acts except it proceed by the faith of that forgiven sinner in His Son, the Savior of all sinners, and His righteousness. This simple teaching is one that many a Christian loses sight of. He loses sight of this when he begins to try harder and harder to please God by his own righteous acts and then claim a righteousness of his own before God. He loses sight of this at times when awful sin comes crashing down in his life and he begins to think all is lost of his salvation because he has failed his Lord and his God. In this case he has lost sight of the righteousness that brings forgiveness to bear in his life over and over and over again through repentance. Christ’s righteousness alone accomplishes this ALWAYS. The one who trusts in Christ’s righteousness alone for salvation is the one who can live in an active life of righteous good works that glorify the only Righteous One.
To a lesser extent this verse does point to the reality that we can only know what the righteous works of God are through His Word. And in a world that is re-inventing works that are righteous and holy before God we are protected from being drawn into a false righteousness that misuses the Word for its own purposes. What I mean by this is that sinful humans are always at work trying to modify and minimize the clear Law of God as revealed in His Holy Word. It is good that God’s Word is and never must be interpreted according to majority rule or even to the sinful rule of each sinner’s heart. Sinners who are comfortable in their sin are always at work trying to justify their sin before God. And many times this happens so consistently that they eventually convince themselves that their sin is no sin at all. We have not only an unbelieving (in the holiness and perfection of God’s Word) world that is shouting down God’s moral standards as found in His perfect Law, but we also have our own conflicting consciences to contend with as His Law both exposes our sin and accuses us unto God’s judgment. No sinner can face the judgment of God’s perfect Law and stand with peace before Him. In cases where the sinner is deeply poked by the Law written on his/her heart the response may be to attack God for putting before us such holy standards. We blame God for our sin and the consequences that wreck our lives because of our own personal sin. It is best for the sinner to take God’s Law as it is given that it might knock the sinner to his knees in repentance. Then the pure healing of Jesus and His righteousness can have its work in the sinner’s life.
Through faith in your Savior’s righteousness and forgiveness you are given the power to hear the Spirit’s Truth concerning God’s Law that He may work that Truth through your life, not only for your own eternal health’s sake, but also as a witness to your neighbor of God’s good and abiding, perfect Word. Trained to constantly seek Christ’s righteousness we are fit with the fruit of the Spirit to live that righteousness as daily repentant sinners in the world. We can learn right from wrong according to God and His Word. We can be protected from the sinful tendency to justify ourselves in our sin before God. How is your training in righteousness going? Are you hearing, reading, studying and inwardly digesting the blessed Word of God? Lord, lead us to this for our own soul’s sake and that we may witness of Your perfect goodness to our neighbor, always glorifying You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Great thanks to all in this loving family of faith for remembering my 15th anniversary of serving this family of The Lutheran Church of Our Savior. My family and I are overwhelmed by your Christian love and affection. Thank you all!
LWML… The Time is Now, Ladies
¨ Our annual picnic was held on Thursday August 2nd at 6:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Beverages provided. All ladies of the congregation are invited.
¨ Our annual BBQ-Pie & Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, September 9th in conjunction with the Sunday School Rally Day.
Sonshine Preschool Graduation
Sonshine Preschool is accepting registrations for the 2018-19 school year.
We welcome God’s precious preschoolers ages 3-4 two half days per week and ages 4-5 tree half days per week.
Classes Start: Wednesday September 5th
For registration materials and /or information stop by the church office at 1157 Third Avenue, Windom or call 507-831-3522
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.