Dear Members and Friends

of Beautiful Saviour Lutheran

 
What does a healthy church look like? Some may point to numbers. The more people you have – the more healthy you are. I’m not so sure about that. The apostle Paul tells us, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”. So great numbers of people can’t be the litmus test for what a healthy church is.
 
How about a lot of young people?  Man, dad, and a bunch of kids?  People like to see a lot of young families in church because it assures them that the church has a bright future.
 
But what about the great value of veteran Christians?  People who have lived through all sorts of trends and fads and are well grounded in Scripture – knowing what pitfalls to avoid and how important it is to stay the steady course, on the foundation of God’s Word?  You can’t have too many of those types of people either!
 
Maybe the best gauge of a healthy church is people who gather around the gospel.  St. Paul says to the Romans and to us:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes:”.  
 
When young and old, single people and families, people who are hurting (and aren’t we all in one way or another), all gather around the Gospel, God’s grace and power help and heal and draw us close to him and one another.  The Gospel is the good news of Christ – given to us in his Word and in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  It tells us of our new life in Christ, as we are forgiven and rescued for time and eternity.  And when people find that and gather around it for encouragement, edification, and enjoyment of each other – how many or how few – that’s a healthy church.   
 
God be praised that we have that at Beautiful Saviour Lutheran.  Young families have found us and joined us.  Widows and widowers have become a part of our church .  We’ve had retired folks visit us and come back again and again.  We have a bunch of single 20-somethings become a part of our church family.  We are thankful to all who gather around the Gospel.  We welcome all who want to gather around the Gospel with us.  We aren’t a perfect church.  But when people gather around God’s Good News – we are assured we are a healthy church.
 

Pastor Wayne Uhlhorn