We have arrived. Pastor Tim and I, cialis sale finally got to our hotel room at 12:04 am. We ate a hot pocket and went to sleep. This morning we headed over to the convention center for Bible study, song, and opening introductions. You can follow along by going to www.lcmc.net/live —
Our opening speaker is Rev. Dr. Bruce Wilder. Pastor Wilder was a listening ear to me and for us as a congregation as we transitioned into LCMC. He was there when I called and if I didn’t call, he called me and prayed for us.
We are “Free in Christ”! We applauded the first 25 congregations that formed LCMC in 2001. When a false teaching was adopted by the ELCA. They stood against CCM, the Call to Common Mission. We are not just to go along, to get with it, but we are to ask who we are and what we are willing to stand and die for. We are to know who we are.
Pastor Wilder spoke about the US Constitution and its establishment of freedom. We too have FREEDOM IN CHRIST! We define ourselves by who we are free in Christ, Faith alone, Grace alone, Word alone. We are accountable to God. We make a vow to God — not to institutions, bishops, etc. We are free and accountable. We must be busy in making of disciples and in fulfilling the call of the Great Commission. “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations…”
The text for this gathering is from Ephesians 3:7-21, I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. NIV