Written by the Rev. Timothy Pauls, the Bible study consists of five lessons exploring what joy is and where it is to be found.
Free materials are available to keep the conversation going about what it means to be “Joy:fully Lutheran.”
Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod: “I thank God for you, for your partnership in the Gospel, your confession of our Lutheran doctrine, your prayers for the Synod and even your prayers for this sinner. I thank God for your ministry. I thank God for every congregation in your district.”
A portion of this “white paper” takes up the demographic challenge of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. I pray, that as we face challenges with the Word of God, we will continue to grow together in unity.
Even as our world changes, the Word of God remains the same. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod proclaims this truth here and throughout the world in mission work, disaster response, universities, seminaries and especially in our congregations.
And yet, there is a candle in the darkness. The light of Christ is burning, and the dawn of resurrection is glowing on the horizon.
The LCMS might be shrinking and North American culture might be becoming more hostile toward Christianity, but hand-wringing is not a Christian ceremony. The Lord calls us to hopefulness and joy.