Meil on siiralt hea meel, et külastate meie koguduse kodulehekülge. Jumalateenistused toimuvad Lakewood Pühavaimu Kirikus igal pühapäeval algusega kell 10 hommikul.
We are pleased to welcome you to the web pages of The Holy Ghost Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. English language services are at 10:00 a.m. every third Sunday of the month. Services are held in Estonian every Sunday commencing at 10 a.m. Please check the calendar and announcements for the dates of English services.
Koguduse õpetaja: Thomas Vaga firstname.lastname@example.org
Telefon - mobiil: 732-581-2951
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Palun hoolitsege ka selle eest, et teie 2016 liikmemaks on tasutud: $75.
Täname hea osavõtu ja panuse eest kogudusele. Palume õnnistust annetajaile!
Oleme alustanud ka pühapäevakooli pidamise lastele jumalateenistuse kestel.
Algusega kell 1:00
Iga kuu komandal kolmapäeval, enne Lakewoodi seenioride koosolekut, Lakewoodi Eesti Majas on Piibli ja usuküsimuste arutamise ja selgitamise tund.
Tulge lugema, kuulama, küsima ja arutama.
Jõulukiriku altar 2014.
Piiskop electus Thomas Vaga jutlustamas.
See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come. (Song of Sol. 2:11-12) Photo: TR
Martin Luther tuntakse suure usupuhastajana. Eriliselt on ta mõju tähtis usupuhastuse liikvele panijana. ta sündis 1483 Saksimaal,üheksa aastat enne kui Colmbus avastas Ameerika.
Ta oli Rooma katoliku kiriku munk preester ja teoloogia doktor ning Wittenbergi ülikooli professor. 1517 ta andis välja 95 protestiteesi Roomas paavsti vastu, eriti raha eest pattude andeks andmise ehk patu kustutamise tunnistuste andmise vastu. Sellest teost algas usupuhastuse liikumine, mis on üks tähtsaim ajajärg ajaloos.
Usupuhastuse vundamendiks on kolm Luteri õpetist:
1. et inimene mõistetakse õigeks ainuüksi usust Kristusesse.
2. et Piibel, kui Jumala Sõna on usuõpetuse ja kristliku käitumise määrajaks.
3. et põhiliselt igal inimesel on õigus lugeda Piiblit oma emakeeles.
On October 31, protestants have something very significant to celebrate on October 31. It’s Reformation day, which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God’s Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates?
At the time, few would have suspected that the sound of a hammer striking the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, would soon be heard around the world and lead ultimately to the greatest transformation of Western society since the apostles first preached the Gospel throughout the Roman empire. Martin Luther’s nailing of his ninety-five theses to the church door on October 31, 1517, provoked a debate that culminated finally in what we now call the Protestant Reformation.
An heir of Bishop Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther is one of the most significant figures God has raised up since that time. This law student turned Augustinian monk became the center of a great controversy after his theses were copied and distributed throughout Europe. Initially protesting the pope’s attempt to sell salvation, Luther’s study of Scripture soon led him to oppose the church of Rome on issues including the primacy of the Bible over church tradition and the means by which we are found righteous in the sight of God.
This last issue is probably Luther’s most significant contribution to Christian theology. Though preached clearly in the New Testament and found in the writings of many of the church fathers, the medieval bishops and priests had largely forgotten the truth that our own good works can by no means merit God’s favor. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and good works result from our faith, they are not added to it as the grounds for our right standing in the Lord’s eyes (Eph. 2:8-10). Justification, God’s declaration that we are not guilty, forgiven of sin, and righteous in His sight comes because through our faith alone the Father imputes, or reckons to our account, the perfect righteousness of Christ (2 Cor.5:21).
Martin Luther’s rediscovery of this truth led to a whole host of other church and societal reforms and much of what we take for granted in the West would have likely been impossible had he never graced the scene. Luther’s translation of the Bible into German put the Word of God in the hands of the people, and today Scripture is available in the vernacular language of many countries, enabling lay people to study it with profit. He reformed the Latin mass by putting the liturgy in the common tongue so that non-scholars could hear and understand the preached word of God and worship the Lord with clarity. Luther lifted the unbiblical ban on marriage for the clergy and by his own teaching and example radically transformed the institution itself. He recaptured the biblical view of the priesthood of all believers, showing all people that their work had purpose and dignity because in it they can serve their Creator.
Today, Luther’s legacy lives on in the creeds and confessions of Protestant bodies worldwide. As we consider his importance this Reformation Day, let us equip ourselves to be knowledgeable proclaimers and defenders of biblical truth. May we be eager to preach the Gospel of God to the world and thereby spark a new reformation of church and culture.
Bible, 1534, photographed in Lutherhaus, Wittenberg.
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