People near and far need to hear the biblical truth proclaimed by the reformer, Martin Luther: “We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.” As Martin Luther says in his Large Catechism, “In short, unless God constantly forgives, we are lost.”
Martin Luther dedicated his life to making God’s Word of forgiveness accessible to people. It would make sense then, that as we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, that we would engage ourselves in sharing that Good News with others in a special or significant way.
What might you do as an individual and/or as a congregation? (And let’s think “big” … “significant” … “new initiative” … “focused on people who don’t believe in Jesus” … a major financial contribution …):
- Support a Lutheran Bible translator (After all, Luther translated the Bible into German);
- Purchase 500 Bibles (or more!) through Gideons for public distribution;
- Sponsor a refugee family through Canadian Lutheran World Relief;
- Host a block party and hand out Bibles and other Christian literature;
- Become involved in a community organization (one which is operative in the neighbourhood around your church) through which you have opportunity to demonstrate God’s love)
- Make a major financial contribution and/or become actively involved in a missionary society like: the BC Mission Boat, Lutheran Bible Translators of Canada; Haiti Lutheran Mission; Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP); Lutherans for Life; or a local Lutheran school.
- Make plans to birth a missional community or congregation or new outreach ministry;
- Initiate a congregation-wide Bible reading program with focused training on equipping Jesus’ followers to be able to speak of Jesus Christ
If you have ideas for how individuals and/or congregations might commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, please share them with us!