Dear sisters and brothers of Calvary Lutheran Church in Wellington, and our friends,
Greetings in Christ Jesus, the Lord of life, of creation, of history, and of eternity!
In chapter five of the Gospel of John we find Jesus talking to a group of Pharisees in the Temple precincts. They were challenging Him for His healing of a man on the Sabbath. Jesus said He had authority to do this because, as His Father was working on the Sabbath, so was He.
Jesus added that He had witnesses to His authority. He pointed to John the Baptist, who had testified to Him at the Jordan. And Jesus pointed to the miraculous works He, Jesus, had already performed, and to His preaching and teaching, which the Father had sent Him to do. These things also testified to His authority. He said that in addition to His Father’s own voice who testified at His baptism, there were the voices of God’s prophets throughout Holy Scripture. Jesus said to the Pharisees, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” (John 5:39, ESV) The “Scriptures” to which Jesus is referring are the prophetic books of the Old Testament. The New Testament had not yet been written.
Jesus’ statement to the Pharisees is a key for us to help us read and understand the Old Testament. If we approach the Old Testament only as the history of a small group of people who lived many years before Jesus, we miss the primary reason why they were written. But if we approach the Old Testament with the understanding that the Holy Spirit inspired its writers to point to the Savior to Come, who in the fullness of time would take on human flesh and become the sacrifice for our sins, and the Redeemer of our lives, it takes on a richness of meaning that inspires us, too. As the saints of the Old Testament held tight to the promises of the Messiah to come, and were counted righteous because of this faith, so we can see in them our brothers and sisters in the faith.
It is good for us to read and hear about them, the saints and sinners of the Old Testament, and to see how God sustained the faithful with His Word. We can identify with the men and women of the Old Testament, and learn from them.
During the next few months, the sermons will be primarily based on the Old Testament texts in the schedule of lectionary readings for each Sunday. Since the time frame of the Old Testament is immense, covering thousands of years, I will sometimes give a brief historical background to put the text in context. For those of you who have not read the Old Testament recently, this will be a little refresher. And if you have never read through the Old Testament, perhaps this will encourage you to look at it in a new way, and start a reading plan. I would be glad to get you started on one, a one- or two-year plan. We read a lot of books, magazines, internet posts, etc., in our life, but there is nothing more rewarding to faith than reading the Bible, Old Testament and New.
Saint Paul, in his second letter to his pupil and fellow pastor, Timothy, wrote, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 16, ESV) I pray that the sermons on the Old Testament texts in the coming months may be profitable to you, and may equip you in righteousness and good works by strengthening your baptismal faith in the One whom Holy Spirit bears witness to in “all Scripture”, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
God be with you and keep you safe this July.
Blessings in Christ,
We are doing our semi-annual prayer list update. If you wish for a friend or family member’s name to remain on the list, please let Pastor or Deanna know before July 1st. Thank you.
Bible Class has been watching a movie, “The Gospel of John” for our summer studies. We watch two chapters every week and have a discussion afterwards.
Elder’s Meeting July 13th at 6:30 p.m!
Ushers We are in need of ushers for the months of July and August. Please let the office know if you are able to volunteer.
There is a possibility that Pastor Wingfield and his family may need to go to Texas during July for the adoption of their new baby boy. If you have an emergency, you may call Pastor Boxman (church 620-442-5240 and cell 620-441-8342). The guest preachers have been arranged for Sunday Service if Pastor Wingfield is gone. No Sunday school and Bible Class will be held that day. Pastor Wingfield will send out an email when he finds out when he’s going. He will probably be gone about a week. Prayers for the mother and baby would be appreciated.
Please remember the homebound
Elmer Naasz: 102 W. Botkin
Frances Meyers: 8300 N.W. Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64153
Otto & Norma Fischer: 750 N. Missouri St. Apt 119 Ulysses, KS 67880-1870