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Worship services have resumed each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Reservations for either service are required in advance if larger than standard (one-time or short-duration increase) attendance by families or visitors/prospective new members wish to attend to ensure social distancing per Synod guidelines are maintained. Each Service will be approximately 35 minutes long. At this time, there will be no Holy Communion.
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"Inherit the kingdom prepared for you."
Christ the King Sunday
The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
Mat 25:31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.
NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes
[Mat 25:31] (vv. 31-46) The sheep and goat judgment should not be confused with other judgments (cf. Rev. 20:11-15, note: (vv. 11-15) Final judgment for unbelievers occurs at the Great White Throne. "Books" (plural form) refers to the cataloging of the thought- and action-life of all men. "Book" (singular) is a reference to the Lamb's Book of Life in which the names of all the redeemed are recorded. The event is for the purpose of demonstrating the perfect justice of God in His judgments. This is accomplished by revealing to men the essential sinfulness of their acts and thoughts and by further reminding them of their tragic failure to respond properly to the atoning grace of Christ. The consequence of these failures is that unbelievers join Satan, the beast, and the false prophet in hell, i.e., the lake of fire.), e.g., the judgment seat of Christ (bema, Gk.) for believers only, which occurs immediately following the departure of the church at the revelation of Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 3:13, note); or the Great White Throne judgment for unbelievers, which occurs at the conclusion of the millennial age (Rev. 20:11-15). This judgment of sheep and goats is at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation to determine who may enter the millennial or kingdom age. The basis of the judgment is the relationship of men to Christ, as demonstrated by their treatment of Israel during the Great Tribulation (vv. 34-46). Those who are saved (the "sheep") enter the kingdom prepared for them (v. 34), while the lost (the "goats") are turned away into eternal punishment (v. 46). The kingdom consists only of the saved at the outset of that final age.
[Mat 25:41] Hell was not prepared for men. Hell is a place prepared for the devil and his angels. However, men may choose to spend eternity there by failing to respond to the Creator's saving plan, thus leaving God no alternative except to confine those unbelievers to the place of punishment.
Readings for the week of November 29th
SJLC's Weekly Audio Sermon Archive
Sunday Worship Services at 9:00am and 11:00am (see News Section for details)
Tuesday & Thursday Bible Study (Academic Bldg, Rm 5 & Online) at 10:30 a.m. (see News Section for Details & Online Instructions)
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