Faith is not easy. Especially in this rapidly changing and increasingly secular world. These times, however, are not new. Paul encountered societies and cultures not that different from ours as he spread the Gospel across the Mediterranean in the early years of the church. The church he helped create in Corinth. The people there struggled with temptations all around them. Yet Paul was undeterred. He knew what he was told to do, and he did it, trusting that God would grant him the strength to persevere where he had been willed by God to go.
Christ expects us to be the Gospel message in our world, just as He told Paul to do among the Gentiles (non-Jews). To the ends of the Earth, we are called to be the very love given to us. As I journey to define my own Faith under Jesus Christ, I aim to share bits of that with you all here.
In July, 2013, I began a Lay Ministry program through Concordia University-Wisconsin. This certification program will end with my ability to be rostered with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as a Commissioned Lay Minster – someone able to be employed by the Church in the service of the called Pastor there. My aim is to use my gifts, given by God, in His service to build His Kingdom. As I proceed, I set my mind on a Ephesians 2:10:
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.