Today marks a new beginning! The new logo, tagline, name & revamped Bulletin are signs of this. Today, for the first time in 3 months, all our ‘faith communities’ are gathering once again for the Divine Service. As we begin again, I want to encourage you to 1) also to make a new beginning, if your devotional life has been a bit poor, or 2) to recommitment to continue with your regular (daily) hearing the Word of God & Prayer.
To help us do this, I have reshaped the Bulletin to make the outside double-sided page a… “Guide for Daily Meditation & Prayer.” Our Christian faith is centred on Jesus Christ. His person and work, is to be the centre of our devotional life. The Small Catechism provides a “pattern of sound words” (2 Timothy 1:13) that helps us nurture such a Christ centred faith. (This is very important, because quite a few devotional books put the emphasis too much on us humans and what we do, rather than Jesus.)
So, we begin our journey with the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are God’s law They preach repentance & death to sinners. God’s Law smashes the self-righteousness of man and exposes his mistrust of God, condemns us sinners and convicts us of the need for Christ. The Ten Commandments show us our sin and how much we need a Saviour.