My friend wants to come to check out our church as she is thinking of switching synods, but she wants to know what is appropriate attire for a service.
As you are a member of that congregation, you are really in a better position than I to explain the culture of your congregation. You can explain to your friend how you normally dress for a worship service. You can explain to your friend that our churches do not have dress codes. The area and Continued.
Can my WELS pastor marry my fiance and me at a different venue? I am considering having my reception at a place that is a 2-hour drive from my church and would like to have the ceremony closer to the venue. Would my pastor be able to marry us? Or would I need to find someone else to do the ceremony?
It is likely that your pastor could conduct the wedding service at a venue other than your church. You will want to contact your pastor and explain the venue you have in mind. He can then respond to your plans. God’s blessings on your wedding!
For those who are not predestined, what is their goal or purpose on earth? And what hope do they have to look forward to if they were not chosen to be saved? What if I was not elect? What am I supposed to do?
God wants all people to come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ his Son (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). God gives people a time of grace to confess their sins and confess faith in Jesus Christ. If people are led to those lifelong confessions, it is only because of the work of the Continued.
I searched under "roles of men and women in society" and found nothing, so my question is as follows: WELS’ position on the doctrine of the role of women, as found on this link (https://wels.net/about-wels/what-we-believe/doctrinal-statements/man-and-woman-roles/) says, “6. We reject the opinion that male headship and female submission apply only to marriage or only to marriage and the church (1 Co 11:3; 1 Ti 2:12).” According to the statement above, women are subject to the headship of men in marriage, in the church, and in society. Does that mean a woman cannot hold a secular job (department headship in a college/university, civic headship over government employees, CEO/VP in industry/agriculture/science, president/congressperson/judge/governor/mayor/etc., for example) in which she has men in positions below her? Can WELS members vote for female political leaders? Should a WELS man take a secular job under the authority of a woman?
The same document that you referenced also states this in the “In the World” section: “20. Christians also accept the biblical role relationship principle for their life and work in the world (1 Co 11:3; Eph 5:6-17). Christians seek to do God’s will consistently in every area of their lives. We will therefore strive to Continued.
Thanks for this site! Who are "our brothers and sisters in Christ?" I have heard the term used to describe all, and only, the members of our WELS' churches and those with whom we are in doctrinal fellowship. Would we also use the same term to refer to the Christians in false visible churches? Thanks!
This We Believe, a statement of belief of our church body, makes this profession: “1. We believe that there is one holy Christian church, which is the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16) and the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23; 4:12). The members of this one church are all those who are the ‘sons of Continued.
How come WELS pastors don't teach about the book of Revelation? I keep hearing we are currently living during "end times" and that it is near, but they don't expand on the teaching of the book. If I'm living it, I want to learn more about it and it is too complex to understand on my own.
The book of Revelation is a subject of WELS teaching and preaching. It is not a book of the Bible that we ignore. If your church has not offered a Bible study on the book of Revelation in some time, do talk to your pastor about that. If you would like to read what some Continued.
Negotiating with Satan is a losing proposition. Any worldly gain is meaningless if it means spending eternity with him in hell. “Resist the devil” (James 4:7) is the Bible’s instruction on our interaction with Satan. If you are seeking something for life, go to God in prayer. He answers prayer with our best interests in Continued.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ and am at odds as to what I should do. My granddaughter is living with a guy and they need things for the apartment. I have been asked if I would help her. I Know this is a sin and so does she. We were all raised in and believe the word of God. My question is how to show the love of Christ. I don't want her to think I am here to judge her. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Praying you are able to answer my question.
What can be helpful in your situation is that you and your granddaughter are in agreement on how you both view her situation. Your dilemma is trying to determine how to give your granddaughter consistent messages of God’s love for her, your love for her and God’s will for holy living (1 Thessalonians 4:7). One Continued.
“Geriatric and Care Facility Ministry” is an online course offered through the WELS Chaplain Certificate Program. Course delivery is through Martin Luther College. This is the course description: “A team-oriented approach to ministry for people who are aging or residents in care facilities. Provides both knowledge and skills for congregation members to provide spiritual care Continued.
Is the pastor considered a member of the church and does he have voting rights at a congregational meeting?
A pastor is a member of the congregation to which he has been called. A church’s constitution and bylaws spell out if a pastor has voting rights—at various meetings of the congregation—or if his status is advisory.
I have a few questions. It appears we do not affirm the Chalcedonian Creed. Is this because of the Mother of God part? Do we affirm Theotokos? I am sure we would in light of Mary being the Mother of Jesus incarnate and only blessed by God but in no other way special in terms of sinful human nature. Finally, in the Athanasian Creed I love it all except this part: "And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting." We are so strong in our confessions in justification through Christ alone, so how can we say that? I understand it says in Matthew, "Those who have done good will rise to live, but those who have practiced evil will rise to be condemned." (EHV) But that is only because of faith in Christ.
We recognize that the Council of Chalcedon (481 A.D.) formulated helpful statements on the person of Jesus Christ. We accept the term Theotokos (“the one who bore God”), since the child born to Mary was Jesus, the Son of God (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31-35; 2:11). The phrase from the Athanasian Creed you cited reflects the Continued.
Hello. I was born, raised, and confirmed in an AALC church. After moving, I have been attending my local WELS church. I genuinely enjoy the services, however, I fail to see any differences in beliefs between my old church and this church. What are the core differences? Additionally, I have struggled understanding the view of the WELS church on Communion. As somebody who views the Bible as truth, and knows that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and their Lord and Savior, it pains me to watch those who share the same beliefs with me receive Communion, while I cannot. Can you guide me to where the Bible teaches that anyone should attempt to dictate who comes to the Lord's table?
The history of the American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC) began when twelve congregations of the American Lutheran Church (ALC) did not participate in the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Those congregations formed the American Association of Lutheran Churches in 1988. In 2007, the AALC entered into altar and pulpit fellowship Continued.