Bethany Lutheran Church
Bethany Lutheran Church in Princeton, Minnesota, is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). Like all churches of the ELS, we believe that the Bible is God’s completely true, inspired Word, and that the central message of the Bible is our salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ as our Savior.
We are a church that worships using traditional Lutheran liturgy and hymns, which work together with Christ-centered, Biblical preaching and a weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper to faithfully deliver the pure Gospel message that God provides you with full and free forgiveness of all your sins.
We would love for you to join us, as we follow where He leads us, always to His cross and resurrection. We know that He is gathering us so that we will be “gathered in” together in heaven.
On Sunday, May 31, four young people will confess their faith in the Lutheran rite of confirmation. They will become communicant members of our Bethany Lutheran Church (ELS) in Princeton, Minnesota. In so doing they will promise to “remain steadfast in this faith, and suffer all, even death, rather than fall away” from it. This is a serious promise. The late Romanian pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was persecuted in a communist prison and after his release founded “The Voice of the Martyrs,” took his confirmation class to the zoo to look face to face at the lions and impress upon them the example of the martyrs who faced the lions’ roaring and refused to deny their faith. This is what the confirmands are promising, to take their stand in this “lion-hearted” way.
As they make these promises, however, they do not do so in their own strength. As they have learned in these years of instruction, their only strength to will and to do what God wants them to do is furnished by God Himself, in Jesus Christ, through the continual coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. They cannot by their own reason or strength keep believing in Jesus Christ. Their faith, each day, is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. They look to the cross of Jesus Christ as the complete and perfect atonement for their sins, to supply what is lacking in them. They come to the Lord’s Supper to receive the forgiveness of sins and to become stronger in their faith toward God and in fervent love for others.
This is not only true for these confirmands. By pondering what is happening in their confirmation, we all can learn the Holy Spirit’s important place in our own lives. Not one of us can keep our promises to God by our own strength. We cannot by our own reason or strength keep believing in Jesus Christ. We too look to the cross of Jesus Christ for atonement, and come to the Lord’s Supper to receive the forgiveness of our sins. All glory be to God alone!