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Does God ask us all to be disciples?

I am not sure who you mean by “us.” By definition, a disciple is one who follows the Lord. All Christians, all people who look to Jesus Christ in faith as their Savior, are his disciples. Another way of looking at your question is that God wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). Continued.

Does the Bible tell us (and, if so, where?) that it is wrong to marry a sibling and/or cousin? Obviously, it was permissible (and necessary) for Seth and his siblings to marry each other. Was it still OK by Abraham's time for him to marry his half-sister? What about Jacob marrying his first cousin(s)?

In the early part of world history, marriage between people who were related in some close way was inevitable. As time progressed and world population grew, God regulated marriage for his Old Testament people of Israel. In the Sinaitic Covenant, God forbade marriages between close relatives (Leviticus 18-20). That took place some 300 years after Continued.

How do I build faith and trust in God, rely on Him and not be afraid?

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17). God creates saving faith through the gospel in word and sacrament. God strengthens and preserves saving faith through those same means. God increases faith and trust in him as you use his word and receive the Continued.

Is there a WELS church in New York, NY - preferably a small church, with a Chinese influence? May God continue to bless your work. I remember you starting out in my church in Milwaukee. God Bless.

There is a tab at the top of the home page of the synod’s website: “Find a Church/School.” The search results for your question indicated that the church that could serve your family is Sure Foundation Lutheran Church. It is located at 6230 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, Queens, New York. The congregation’s website offers this description: Continued.

Matthew 18:20 states that God is with us where two or three gather in his name. I thought God was everywhere...especially when we are alone.

The Bible teaches that God has many different modes of presence. He is omnipresent (Jeremiah 23:24; Psalm 139:7-10). He is present in the Lord’s Supper, as we receive the Lord’s body and blood, together with the bread and wine (1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:27). He is present with his church—when two or three come Continued.

Hello, recently I have been struggling with my Lutheran beliefs and I am now thinking about converting to the Roman Catholic Church. The main problem I have is Sola Scriptura. Can you please show me where in the Bible it teaches Sola Scriptura? The verses that trouble me are 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 1 Timothy 3:15, 1 Corinthians 11:2, and 2 Timothy 2:14. Please help with this.

In the Bible God makes it clear that we are not to add to or subtract from his word (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19). The apostle Paul states clearly that God’s word is the foundation of the Christian Church and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). Jesus tells us to search the Scriptures (John Continued.

Is the Crossroads Consulting Ministry part of the WELS?

It is a ministry within WELS, directed by a WELS pastor.

Are souls of deceased believers in heaven now? If so, wouldn't that mean their judgement day was when they died instead of when God comes back to judge the living and the dead?

Yes, the souls of Christians who have died are in heaven now. When death takes place, judgment also takes place (Hebrews 9:27). Jesus promised the repentant thief that he would be in heaven that very day (Luke 23:43). The book of Revelation describes Christians in heaven who were killed for their faith (Revelation 6:9-11). On Continued.

If a Lutheran church does not practice closed communion, is it safe to say it is not WELS?

The Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), with whom WELS is in fellowship, also has the practice of close(d) communion. Regardless of any inconsistent application, the official practice of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is also close communion.

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