We live in an imperfect world, and we are an imperfect people. Although we’re blessed to be part of God’s family, the Church on earth is a very imperfect thing, too. Christ’s Church is divided, and denominational differences are evident everywhere. Just take a quick drive around Wake Forest, and you’ll see dozens of distinct, separate churches. Most of them are connected with national church bodies, each with its own unique theological turf.
While no denomination is perfect, including our own, I’m proud to be Lutheran! I know that we don’t have all of the answers, in our congregation or in our national church body. But we are doing many things right, in my humble view.
- We are doing our very best to stand by the authority of Scripture, in an age when the concept of divine authority is constantly challenged.
- We are consistent in proclaiming that we are only saved by God’s grace, through faith in Christ.
- We are focused, in our worship life, on the gifts of grace God shares with us in the Word and Sacraments.
- We are committed to helping God’s children of all ages grow in their understanding of the Bible and in their personal relationships with the Lord.
- We are dedicated to helping every Christian live out his/her vocational calling, and to represent Jesus Christ in the everyday world.
- We are citizens of God’s kingdom, but we are compelled to work and serve to better our community, and to reach out in Christian love to those in need.
In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, I’m proud to be Lutheran, and I hope you are, too!
In Christ alone,
Pastor Wayne Puls