"The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of knowledge" - Proverbs
Welcome to Emanuel Lutheran Church. We have been serving the faith needs of Tipton for over 100 years. Please take a look at our site! We have many events ongoing throughout the year.
Our Mission Statement:
"As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek His strength through
His Word and Sacrament and seek to reach
out with the Good News of the Gospel."
As the long lazy summer progresses, life will return to "normal" soon enough with school starting back up this month. Before you know it, the leaves will be turning! But before our thoughts and activities turn to packing away our summer clothing and dragging out those sweaters we so carefully put away this past spring, I'd like to share the basic message that the President of the LCMS, Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, delivered at the national convention this summer.
I was privileged to have been elected as a pastoral voting delegate to the convention. While much business had to be conducted to ensure the continued smooth functioning of our Synod, the worship services were certainly a high point, and President Harrison's sermon the opening day touched on a very important subject for our church body, that being, our remaining faithful to the Scriptures.
With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation beginning this October, we will be hearing a lot about how Dr. Martin Luther was asked to recant or retract his writings on the Scriptures as being our sole source of God's Word and Will, and that the Bible supersedes the opinions of popes, councils, or governments. Of course, he refused, and thus began the Reformation and the creation of the Lutheran Church and eventually every Christian body that is not Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox.
But here we are 500 years later and our secular world is demanding that we in the Church that remains true to adhering to the Scriptures recant our beliefs. Our government is demanding that we recant on our positions opposing abortion and gay marriage. Liberal judges who no longer make rules in accord with the Constitution want faithful Christians to recant on their biblically based principles. Our society increasingly is demanding that church bodies such as the LCMS recant on its teaching and preaching that Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. Recant, recant, recant. But with Luther, we must stand firm against the forces of the world and declare, "Unless I can be instructed and convinced with evidence from the Holy Scriptures or with open, clear, and distinct grounds and reasoning, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. So, I cannot and will not recant, because it is neither safe nor wise to act against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen."
One clear and hopeful sign in these increasingly dark days in which we and our church will come under attack, is the number of faithful Christian church bodies around the world that wish to attach themselves to the LCMS was witnessed to by all the bishops from around the world that attended our convention. What a wonderful sign that God will indeed preserve His Word and His faithful Church until he comes again. It affirms the words of Jesus who said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." (Mark 13:31 NIV)
So, while in the coming year we will increasingly hear the word revoco (recant) from our government and our neighbors, we will also increasingly hear it inside the walls of Emanuel, where we will be reminded of a man who said, "I will not" to give us courage to say the same in our daily lives.
Until next month...
Serving our Savior,
Pastor Robb Roloff