September 25, 2018
In the past couple of weeks I've had lunch and lengthy conversations with a Baptist pastor, I've taught from material by an Anglican Bishop, and listened to teaching from a Lutheran seminary professor and a Greek Orthodox Priest. Are their differences in our doctrines? Very definitely. But there is also a common and very important factor. We all love the Lord Jesus Christ, and we want others to know and love Him also. Do the differences matter? Yes they do. We are in a broken and confused world and we don't have a single apostolic, prophetic authority as they did at the first church council in Acts 15. As Paul taught, for conscious sake each one must be clear in his own mind.(Romans 14:5) But we do have the commonality of Holy Scripture and the guidance of God, the Holy Spirit. We must follow God's Word as best we understand it. The single center of that Word is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Where we gather together around Him, seeking to lift Him up, we can rejoice together beyond our labels as one body in Christ.
Pastor Irvin Stapf
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A collection of Pastor Stapf's reflections has been published in . . .
Not For This Life Only
A Study for Growth Into Maturity
as the Children of God
by Irvin F. Stapf , Jr.
"'What is your purpose in life?' Do you know where to begin in answering this question? If you are searching for a deeper purpose , Not for This Life Only will give you solid biblical truths to help you discover God's plan for you.
This insightful study will establish a firm biblical foundation as you prayerfully seek God's calling for your life. Through all of the circumstances of life, God is seeking to help us grow into Christ's example of sacrificial love. As a topic that can conjure up confusion, discover that God is not silent when it comes to the life he has called you to live.
Irvin Stapf weaves together common concerns such as purpose, family, suffering, and making mistakes and points them toward the focus and purpose in your life. Now is the time to start finding the answer to the question, 'What is your purpose in life?'
Irvin Stapf has been an ordained Lutheran pastor for thirty-eight years and is the Regional Pastor for the Eastern Region of the American Association of Lutheran Churches. Irvin, and his wife, Audrey, have been married for forty-three years and have five children. They currently reside in Mount Airy, Maryland."
148 pages - $11.99 (plus $3.00 S&H)
The book is published by Tate Publishing of Mustang,Oklahoma and can be obtained by going to the Tate website, or from the author at Christ Lutheran Church, 13903 Legion Court, Mount Airy, MD 21771.
The book can also be obtained through major book stores.
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