Our Mission...... As men, women, and children united in faith in Christ Jesus, we believe he commanded us to “go and make disciples.” We therefore will proclaim the Gospel of Christ through our words and actions to the community, campus, and others. We will teach God’s word in its truth and purity to help each other grow and mature in faith preparing us, God’s people, for “works of service.”
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, River Falls, WI
545 Apollo Road
River Falls, WI 54022
Jesus instructs his followers about his suffering, death, and resurrection. When Peter Tries to discourage him, Jesus points out that the way of the Christ - and of the Christian - is the way of the cross.
"Jesus Is Worth Listening To" - Matthew 17:1-9. Sermon by Pastor Clayton Welch on Transfiguration Sunday, February 26, 2017. As Jesus prepares to go to Jerusalem to offer up his life for the world, he is transfigured in glory before Peter, James and John on the mountaintop. Moses and Elijah flank the Lord and attest to his glory while the Father speaks words of loving approval of his Son.
Adding to God's Word is just as bad as subtracting from it. In both cases man sets aside what God has said in favor of what he wants in order to justify himself apart from God's Word and Christ's work. Precisely because the Word of both the law and the gospel is addressed to the heart, it allows for no additions, no subtractions. For to the extent that the heart is cleansed by the gospel, to that extent what flows from it will be clean in accord with the law. An unclean heart can produce only unclean works, whether that uncleanness is apparent or hidden behind a veil of hypocrisy. Those who would take the law seriously need first and always the cleansing power of the gospel; those who refuse to take the law seriously prove thereby that their hearts are still unclean and separated from God.
Jesus proclaims the gospel loud and clear, â€œRepent and believe the good news!â€ After this, Jesus calls Simon and Andrew to be â€œfishers of men.â€ James and John also leave their nets to follow Jesus.
Jesus' Resurrection Is an Experience Like None Other
Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Disciples of our Lord Jesus share many qualities. As Jesus describes, they count the cost of following him and making him first priority in their lives. They also share a wisdom which comes down from above, the enlightenment of faith. Finally, as Paul urged Philemon, Christians put the best interests of God's kingdom before their own.
The whole world does indeed go into God's courtroom. But how astonishing, how amazing, how wonderful the result! Christ trades places with the world, takes on its well-deserved punishment and effects for it reconciliation. In view of that central fact of history and of the scriptures, who would want, who would dare say in the day of distress that God doesn't care? Far better to say: In deepest woe his sublime act of love for me has given me every reason to trust him. Reconciled, redeemed, forgiven, I am a new creature and live to serve in love him who loved me perfectly and gave himself for me.
Jesusâ€™ farewell discourse continues from the previous week. The Holy Spirit is promised to the disciples, and they are comforted by the Lordâ€™s promise: that he will not leave them orphaned but will return to them. Jesus exhorts them to show love for their Lord by giving loving obedience to his commands.