Are there modern apostles? What were they and what did they do? How did they differ from an evangelist or a prophet? Literally, an apostle someone who is sent with a message. But in a more narrow sense, the apostles were the twelve men whom Jesus chose, instructed and sent out to lead His church. Learn who they were and what they did in this episode.
Over the coming weeks we will be looking at different offices and roles of believers in the Old and New Testaments. Today we consider the term "Evangelist." We will consider what an evangelist does, who some evangelists were, and how this office differs from others in the early New Testament.
While this word sounds the same as immoral, it is very different. Immortality literally means "no death" in Greek. Another related word which can be translated immortal describes the body not decaying, but lasting forever. Because of sin we will all die, and our bodies will decay in the grave. But the Apostle Paul reminds us that because Jesus defeated death through His death on the cross, we have the hope of the resurrection and a new life in the resurrection. When our bodies are raised from death, we will be raised incorruptible and immortal - never to decay nor to die. This is the Christian's confidence!
The word immoral is one that is familiar in our society. It describes behavior that goes against accepted norms. But in the Bible it is much more specific and has to do with sexual deviance, not just against socially accepted norms, but against what God says is acceptable. The word translated immoral in the New Testament is the word pornia, from which we get the word pornography in English. It is a very graphic picture of what is not acceptable to God. And the result of such behavior is death. But there is hope for forgiveness in Christ who paid our debt of sin and offers cleaning and a new life through His Spirit!
For our Word of the Week this week, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a study of the Means of Grace. A simple definition of the Means of Grace is the gospel in Word and sacraments by which God offers and gives us the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. The Means of Grace tell us how the Holy Spirit does His work. But why does He do things this way? Today's podcast will explore that question and demonstrate how the Means of Grace is a great comfort to us.
As we look ahead to Trinity Sunday this coming weekend, we consider the word Trinity. This is a very familiar word among Christians. So familiar that many are surprised to learn that the word Trinity is actually not found anywhere in the Bible. It comes from the Latin and has been used by the church to describe the Biblical Doctrine of who God is: One God in Three persons. While the Bible never uses the word "Trinity" is is clear in showing that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), but this One God is three persons (Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2), and that the Father is God (2 John 1:9), the Son is God (Ephesians 5:5), and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4). This is the doctrine of the Trinity, and is clearly presented in the Bible.
In anticipation of our celebration of Pentecost this coming Sunday, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a study of the word Pentecost. Typically, when we think about Pentecost, we think about the events of Acts 2, but Pentecost actually was an Old Testament festival. Referred to as the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks, this was one of the three main pilgrim festivals of the Old Testament. The festival gains new meaning in Acts 2 as the Holy Spirit comes and through His word brings 3,000 people to faith. Our celebration of this day focuses on the coming of the Holy Spirit who has brought us to faith and continues to strengthen our faith through Word and Sacrament.
As we prepared to commemorate the ascension of Jesus into heaven, 40 days after His resurrection, we consider the word "ascend" today. Did you know that Jesus predicted His ascension, just as He did His death and resurrection? Did you know that His ascension into heaven was foretold in the Old Testament, just as His death and resurrection were? The ascension of Jesus was a very important part of His work as our Savior, which is why we confess it every week in the words of the ancient and historic creeds of the church. Join us to learn more about the meaning and purpose of Christ's ascension into heaven this week!