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ABOUT HOLY COMMUNION

Scripture and Luther’s Small Catechism teaches that Holy Communion is ‘the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given with bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us to eat and drink’. The benefits of such eating and drinking are, ‘the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation’.







If you would like more information on the practice of the Holy Communion, please contact our Pastor on 8364 3957 during office hours.




ABOUT BAPTISM

Baptism is a sacrament of the Lutheran Church and is commanded by Christ himself. A person is baptised when water is applied in the ‘Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,’ in obedience to God’s command (Matthew 28:19).














If you would like more information on baptism, contact our Pastor on 8364 3957 during office hours.




ABOUT MARRAIGE

The Lutheran Church of Australia defines marriage as follows:

(a) The institution called marriage comes from God, the creator of humankind. Marriage is part of the created social order. So society, through customs or legislation, decides when a man and a woman are lawfully married (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18-24; Matthew 19;6; 1 Corinthians 7:39)

(b) Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. This union excludes all other people. It is publicly and voluntarily entered into for the whole life (Matthew 19: 6; 1 Corinthians 7:39).









If you would like to discuss this issue further, please contact our Pastor on 8364 3957 during office hours.




WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
WE DIE?

What is death?

The Bible teaches that death is not an annihilation in which we cease to exist. The Scriptures teach that death is the separation of our eternal soul from our mortal bodies. Our bodies rest in the grave, awaiting the final day when soul and body shall be reunited. At the moment of death, our souls, and the souls of all those who die in faith, immediately are in the presence of Christ, and will enjoy His presence, peace and joy until the great day of the resurrection of all flesh.




Every communicant, even an unrepentant and unbelieving one, receives Christ’s body and blood in this sacrament. But the benefits of the sacrament – forgiveness, life, and salvation – are received only by penitent believers who accept Christ’s words and trust in his promises expressed in the words of institution.

The Lutheran Church teaches that all believers who commune accept and confess the real presence in the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood, given and shed for the forgiveness of sins [1st Corinthians 10: 16-17: 17-28]. The Apostle Paul warns against the sin of eating and drinking of the sacrament ‘in an unworthy manner’ [1st Corinthians 11: 27-29]. Those who administer the Lord’s supper, and those who receive it, both have the responsibility of doing so only and always in a way which is in keeping with the nature of the sacrament.

So the Lord’s supper is a means of grace. It nourishes and strengthens God’s people. The body and blood of Christ, given in, and with the bread and wine, makes the Lord’s supper a precious gift, which believers receive joyfully and thankfully.





The sacrament of baptism unites the baptised person with Christ and incorporates that person into the body of Christ, the church. The meaning and effects of baptism continue in the believer’s life. The church does not rebaptise people.

God our Saviour wants ‘everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth’ (1 Timothy 2:4). To enter the kingdom of God a person has to be reborn ‘by water and the spirit’ (John 3: 8, Titus 3: 4-8). So both adults and infants have to be baptised if they are to be saved, that is to enter into the promises of God (CTS 2: 38-39; 10: 47).

Baptism, however, is not a magical act. The mere performance of the rite is not a guarantee of one’s salvation. Although wilful rejection or abuse of baptism must be condemned, we do not presume to judge what God will do with those who through no fault of their own are not baptised.

The church celebrates the sacrament of baptism trusting in God’s promise of salvation. The church is convinced that baptism does what God promises.

Baptism –

  • Gives new birth and life in Christ
  • Grants forgiveness of sins, both original and actual
  • Gives the gift of the Spirit
  • Creates faith, or confirms and increase faith.



  • What does God say?

    The basic question for Christians is not: what does society tolerate and practise, but, what is God’s will with regard to living together as husband and wife without being legally married?. This question is essential both for those Christians who wish to be married according to the law of the land, and also for those who wish to cohabit without going through the legal form of marriage.

    The answers, in brief, to this question are:

    • Christians will have due respect of the laws of the land with regard to marriage.
    • Marriage is not simply a human custom. God instituted marriage. It arises not merely from human needs. It exists by divine decision and decree.
    • Christians take seriously what God says about marriage. Marriage is God’s gift. It is a lifelong union between a man and a woman. It is a total commitment, total giving. In terms of relationship, it is like Christ and his church (Ephesians 5: 22-32) or God and God’s people in the Old Testament (Isaiah 54: 5-6).
    • For Christians, to be married is to live in a most intimate relationship. In marriage, husband and wife daily forgive one another as Christ their Lord daily forgives them. They serve one another in all the dimensions of love. They bear witness to the world about God’s will and purpose for marriage.
    • With these answers in mind, Christians who want to live together as husband and wife will seek the blessing of the Lord upon their union through word and prayer and in the fellowship of the congregation.






    Why must Christians die?

    Scripture clearly indicates that Christians too must pass through death to life. We learn that our bodies are actually dead right now because of sin (“The body is dead because of sin” Romans 8:10). And so Christians too must die.

    The sting of death and sense of God’s judgment are horrible punishments on those who have no faith in Christ as their Saviour. They face, at the end of their life, only the prospect of an unknown future, or a terrifying vision of eternal damnation. However, the death of a Christian is not death in as full a sense as it is for the non-Christian. For the Christian, eternal life and joy follows death, for our Lord Jesus Christ is the One who walks with them through the “valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23).


    What is the Christian’s response to death and dying?

    “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” These familiar words of Psalm 23 chart the direction for a Christian individual or family facing the reality of death. Here God identifies our greatest enemy in such times—fear.

    Since none of us among the living has ever tasted death, we respond to the prospect of death (whether our own or that of someone we love) with fear. Fear is natural. Now, if fear is the enemy, who is our ally? The Psalmist continues: “For thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” Jesus, our Good Shepherd, the One who laid down His life for the sheep, is our companion on the dark, winding road that leads through the valley of the shadow of death. The journey is not optional. Sooner or later each of us, no matter how old or young, will walk that path. This will happen until that day when Jesus comes again—when, at the last trumpet, the faithful will be changed in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:51–52). But here is the important part: I walk through the valley. The One who is with us in that journey, who leads us on, bears the scars of death in His living body. He was dead, but now He lives forevermore. All who believe and are baptized will be saved; they have a share in His victory over death. Christians, therefore, are able to see death not merely as an unfortunate reality to be endured, but as a defeated enemy. The resurrection of the body and the life everlasting are the sure and certain realities promised to all who remain faithful unto death.


    What happens after we die?

    For unbelievers, there is the “second death” (Rev. 20:14) in which their souls are immediately in the presence of Satan and immediately begin to suffer the torment of eternal punishment in hell, from which there is no possibility of escape. On the day of judgment, their bodies join their souls in hell.

    Those who trust in the redemption won by Christ our Lord pass from death to life. This is why the Bible uses so many comforting images to describe the death of the child of God. Here are some of the phrases the Holy Spirit uses to describe a Christian’s death: being gathered to one’s people; departure in peace; departure and being with Christ; a turning away from the evil to come; sleep; rest; passing from death to life; deliverance from all evil; and, finally, “gain.” Gain? How can death be gain?

    When a baptized child of God passes through death—a son or daughter of God who has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God—then death is gain.

    Through death the children of God pass into an eternity of joy and peace with their heavenly Father. Each Christian, therefore, may rejoice in the life that Christ has won and gives to him or her through the Word and Sacraments. When we die, our souls await the final consummation of all things on the day Christ returns. We shall receive glorified bodies that are free from tears, pain, sickness and age—perfectly renewed and glorified resurrection bodies.

    In these new and glorified bodies, we shall spend all eternity in heaven, enjoying the presence of God and all His saints, forever and ever. The overwhelming joy of this truth is almost too much for us to even begin to comprehend, but it is true!













































































































































































































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