Every Word of Scripture is True

The sum of your word is truth. All your righteous judgment is eternal. (Psalm 119:160 —EHV)

As Christians we know and believe that all of God’s Word is true. The words of Scripture are God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) for he carried along the writers of the Bible to write what they did (2 Peter 1:21). And since God’s Word is truth (John 17:17), we know and believe that all of God’s Word is true—it contains no errors, lies, or mistakes.

The implications of this truth are immense. Take, for example, the story of the Flood. If you aren’t aware—there are many stories throughout the ancient world about a large (often world-wide) flood that wiped out all living beings except those who were on a boat. “The Epic Gilgamesh” from ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) is perhaps the most well-known; but there are examples from ancient societies throughout the world—even Native Americans had such stories. While unbelievers use these stories to claim that the story of Noah’s Ark is a rip-off of such fables, we Christians know that all these stories indicate that the story of Noah’s Ark is accurate—every society tried to make the world-wide flood their own and so they changed the truth to fit their culture/religion.

Of course, we don’t need any proof or to make any such arguments to be convinced that all of the Bible is true—the Holy Scriptures tell us so, and that is good enough for us! So again, the implications are immense! Take again, for example, the flood. In our gospel this past week, Jesus used the story of Noah’s ark to teach us about the suddenness of the Last Day and the importance of being prepared for Christ’s coming. The Lord warns us, just as he did for the flood, that the Last Day is coming, and those who are caught unprepared will perish (Matthew 24:38-39). If the story of the Flood is just a fable, then Jesus’ point is worthless.

Or take 1 Peter 3:20-21. In these verses Peter tells us that waters of the blood symbolize the waters of baptism. Through the flood (and the ark) the Lord saves Noah and his family. In the same way through the waters of baptism the Lord saves us as he washes away our sins and gives us faith. If the story of the Flood is a mere fable, then Peter's point about the grace of God we receive in baptism is all wet!

But again, we know that all of the Word of the Lord is true. The flood most certainly teaches us to be prepared through faith in Christ’s second coming. The flood reminds us of God’s grace in that he saved us through our baptisms.

And the fact that God’s Word is true also assures us of our eternal salvation. In the second half of our verse, the Psalmist states all your righteous judgment is eternal. It was on the cross that Christ took our place, suffering our eternal damnation and giving us his perfect life. On account of Christ we are declared not guilty; and this righteous and just judgment means eternal life for us! This is what God’s Word says—and his Word is truth. And because we know his Word is truth, we know that we have eternal life!

Pastor Andrew Frey


Church News

Midweek Advent Services

Our Advent mid-week services will be on December 4, 11, and 18 at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. This year’s theme is: the Prophet Isaiah’s Names of the Promised Messiah. We’ll look at three names Isaiah uses to teach us about the Savior: Immanuel, Root of Jesse, and Messiah. We pray that you will be able to join us for these services as we prepare our hearts and minds for Christ’s coming.

Advent Devotions

Click the link below for the 2019 edition of the Martin Luther College Advent Devotions. These devotions, written by MLC professors, make a great addition to your daily meditation on God’s Word. You can either download a PDF document, or sign up to have them sent straight to your email’s inbox.

https://mlc-wels.edu/publications/seasonal-devotions/

Christmas for Kids (God’s Greatest Gift) 

After the children’s Christmas practice on Saturday, Dec. 14, children, prek-6th grade are invited to this event from 9:30 am-11:00 am. The true meaning of Christmas will be taught, snacks will be served, and cookies will be decorated. There is a sign-up sheet in the entry for you to sign up or to help (we can use some helpers!). You can sign-up online on our website:

https://stjohnslutheranappleton.publishpath.com/christmasforkids

Christmas Caroling

All members — both young and old — are invited to join us as we go caroling to some of our Shut In members on Saturday December 14. This will follow the Christmas for Kids and Church Decorating. You are invited to join us for a potluck lunch at 12:00 pm. Following lunch, we will leave to begin caroling at 1:00 pm. Please sign up on the sheet in back of Church if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Gartner.

Christmas Decorating 

We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 am. All are welcome.

Advent and Christmas Services and Practices

As we approach December please keep the following worship services and events along with their times in your mind so that you can join us in worshiping our coming Savior!

Midweek Advent Services

December 4, 11, 17 at 10:30am and 6:30pm

Children’s Christmas Practices

December 7, 14, 21 at 8:00 am

Christmas For Kids

December 14 from 9:30-11:00am

Christmas Caroling

December 14 at 1:00pm

Children’s Christmas Service

December 22 at 9:30am and 11:00am. Advent 4 at 8:00am and Monday at 6:30pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

December 24 at 3:00pm, 5:00pm, and 7:00pm

Christmas Day Worship with Holy Communion

December 25 at 9:00am

New Year’s Eve Worship with Holy Communion

December 31 at 6:30pm

Bible Classes

On Sunday mornings, Pastor Gartner has begun a short study on the practice of Stewardship—how God wants us to use all the gifts that he has graciously given to us—whether it’s the use of our time, our talents, our treasures, our bodies, his great creation, etc. Plan on joining us for this study on Sunday mornings at 9:15am. On Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings Pastor Frey has begun a study on the letters of John the Apostle. In his first letter John expertly weaves doctrine with practice—a practical letter filled with passages on the love and mercy of Christ. Please plan on joining us as we study these interesting letters to God’s people.

NOTE: We do have audio recordings and the Lesson Sheets of these Bible Classes. If you have been unable to attend and would like these sent to you, please email Pastor Frey or Pastor Gartner.