Due to the nationwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are taking the following precautions:
Saint John’s has resumed in-person services. Please see Pastor Nettleton’s May 29 letter for information on the coronavirus precautions we are taking to follow county and city safety guidelines. Worship services will still be streamed. Some other small-group Bible studies are resuming; please see the calendar for details. All other activities, including the November 13–14 Artisan Fair and Bazaar, are cancelled.
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Wednesday Divine Services
Beginning in August, The Divine Service will be offered at 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of the month for those who would like to worship in the Lord's house and receive the Lord’s Supper in a smaller setting. Services will be no larger than ten people. Registration is required.
Register at www.StJohnsFC.org/wednesday or by calling the church office (482-5316).
On October 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk posted ninety-five statements for discussion on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Dr. Martin Luther hoped that posting his theses would bring about an academic debate regarding repentance, the sale of indulgences and other matters of concern within the Roman Catholic Church. However, Rome eventually excommunicated Luther, judging him to be a heretic. Luther’s reforms, centered on the teaching that a believer is justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, sparked religious reforms not only in the German states but also in many European countries.
God presented Christ “as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.” By hearing that Gospel of Christ Jesus, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” By the proclamation of this eternal Gospel to the whole earth, “to every nation and tribe and language and people,” God’s righteousness is demonstrated. “Wisdom,” as Jesus said, “is justified by her deeds.”
The message of the Reformation was and is salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone. Because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and since “no human being” can or will be justified by “works of the law,” God revealed a righteousness apart from the law, “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.” This is the truth that sets us free! For “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”!
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