“Forward with Strength and Conviction”
The “Father of American Lutheranism” and the founder of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, was a Pietist who took his faith seriously. He believed that when a person believes in God, there is a change of heart brought about through repentance. This leads to holiness in life and a deep, personal devotion to God. This personal faith is expressed in tangible care for the need of others. Muhlenberg cast a vision of American Lutheran churches working together to live out Christ’s call. As a church, we are stronger together and can move forward with strength and conviction.
Now through July 21, we will explore some contributors to American religious thought and their witness to our faith in the sermon series “The Great Cloud of Witnesses.”
The Scripture Passage for Today’s Sermon: Philippians 1:1-11
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.