Summer Workshop!  Save the Date!

July 26-28, 2021 at Messiah Lutheran Church


Dr. Adam Francisco


Why Should I Believe You?

Why Should You Come?

This is the natural question concerning the upcoming special workshop with Dr. Adam Francisco this July 26-28. His workshop topic is titled, “Why Should I Believe You?” World distinguished scholar and author, Dr. Francisco, will delight us with his knowledge, experiences and down-to-earth presenting style as he seeks to equip us so that we may be able to “make a defense” for our faith (I Pet 3:15). You may check him out at www.1517.org . This is a tremendous opportunity made possible by Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN. They are paying for his travel, lodging, and stipend! We are asked to pay a nominal registration fee, $100.00 for laity, AND your Board of Education has budgeted tuition assistance of $50.00 of that fee for those who request. So, then, to the question: Why Should You Come?


First, we turn to God’s Holy Word:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it Is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10).


We come because it is our joy and privilege to RESPOND to God’s first and great love. We come because God came to us—in Jesus. We come to discover the good works God has prepared for us before the beginning of time! We come, NOT to boast, but to equip ourselves, as holy saints, for boldly speaking of our faith. We come to train ourselves to stand before a hostile and ignorant world. We come to refuse to allow Satan free course to sway our family and friends away from the love of God. In short: we come because WE ARE CHRISTIAN!


Hear the Word of the Lord:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:19-20)


But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  (1 Peter 2;9)


For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”(Romans 1;16-17)


But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,  having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (1 Peter 3:15-16)


“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:30-31)


For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:3-5)


And they told Mordecai what Esther had said.  Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.  For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:12-14)


Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:10-13)


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