Seeking Certainty By Faith Alone

Seeking Certainty By Faith Alone

Dear Friends,

I am told that an Impala (think medium-sized antelope) can run up to fifty miles an hour. They can jump longer than thirty feet. And an Impala can also jump up to 10 feet high. And yet if you go to a zoo, an Impala can be contained by a simple three foot high solid wall. That’s crazy. Do you know why they want jump the little three foot wall? Because Impala won’t jump when they can’t see where their feet going to land. For the Impala seeing is believing.

Sometimes people are like the Impala as well. We won’t step out in faith because we can’t see. And in our sedentary lives we miss out on so many of the abundant blessings of God. So many of the truths God teaches us and the promises he makes cannot be comprehended by the human mind or seen with our physical eyes. To accept them, believe them, build our lives and the hope for eternity around them, we must rely on God’s gift of faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Ben continues our Seeking Certainty series with a message based Hebrews 11:1 and another one of the four key truths of the Reformation: By Faith Alone. Sunday worship times are 8:30 am and 10:15 am.

Last week, Seminarian Paul Koester started our Seeking Certainty series with a fantastic message called: God’s Grace is Unfair. You can view it and other messages on our website – victoryofthelamb.com

Praise and Proclaim Right at 70 people came together last Friday night to learn a way to share the good news of Jesus and plant gospel seeds! The Praise and Proclaim Method and Approach, taught by Dave Malnes has three steps: Engage, Proclaim and Invite. It is our plan to highlight one step each of the next three weeks so we can all be prepared to share the Gospel!

But before we start with the three steps, Dave reminded us of who was with us using a passage from the book of Judges: “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” It was spoken to a man named Gideon, who, humanly speaking, was anything but a might warrior but with God’s presence he was a mighty warrior. For fun and to see God’s faithfulness, you can read all about Gideon in Judges chapters 6-8.

Praise and Proclaim Step One – Engage:  When a person answers their door, you will have fifteen seconds to tell them who you are, where you are from and why you are at the door. When this is accomplished you Will have a polite visit.  This means: 1. Be a joyful and expectant ambassador for Christ (cf above)  who has an amazing message to share. 2. One ring or brief knock and two steps back. 3. Immediately smile and introduce yourself. 4. Remember to slow down and pause. 5. Don’t ask for permission to continue. 6. Use your tool. Our tool for our visits was the postcard that we had sent earlier. The postcard gave us a reason to be at the person’s door. It is our tool to engage them and find out if they have seen the postcard or not. This provides us with a platform to easily transition to proclaiming the gospel which is step two.

For example: Good morning. My name is Bill. And this is LaQueesha and Ayanna. We are from Victory of the Lamb here in Franklin. We are out introducing ourselves today and to find out if you have received this postcard on Seeking Certainty in the mail recently. (We had one of the postcards in our hand.)

Friends that is it. Step one Engage. It is simpler than many think.  Next week we will bring you step 2. In the meantime, feel free to practice Step One. And you will find out how easy it is!

Family Movie Night – SING! Friday, Oct 20 at 6 pm. Invite your friends to bring their families to the animated hit SING! Join us for a sanctuary showing complete with pop­corn, snacks and a few surprises. What a fun way to introduce your friends to Victory of the Lamb!

Tenth Avenue North Concert – On Friday, October 27 at 7:30 pm Wisconsin Lutheran College is hosting Tenth Avenue North’s “I Have This Hope” concert with Brandon Heath and Jon McLaughlin. General Admission Tickets are $17. For Tickets go to www.itickets.com or contact the college at 414-443-8800.

Rake and Run – This Saturday, October 21st our student groups, Quest (grades 9-12) and Confirmation students (grades 6-8) will join forces to help homeowners in our community with fall yard work. From 9am-noon the teens will rake leaves for homeowners who may have difficulty doing this chore on their own. This is a great opportunity to show love for our neighbors. Contact Sammi with questions.

New Luther Film – A new film about Martin Luther called “A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy” is now showing for a limited time. If you would like to experience Luther’s story in the cinema, Marcus Theaters is hosting general admission screenings at 7pm on October 23, 25, and 30. Catch a showing at any of these local Marcus locations: Majestic Cinema, Waukesha, WI / South Shore Cinema, Oak Creek, WI / Ridge Cinema, New Berlin, WI / Menomonee Falls Cinema, Menomonee Falls, WI

Reformation 500 Festival Service – Sunday, Nov 5, 3:30 pm. Celebrate the Lutheran Reformation at a special Festival Service. The service will be held at the Miller High Life Theater, 500 West Kilbourn Avenue,  Milwaukee.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Bill