Friday, November 2, 2012
Campus Ministry at Wilfred Laurier, Waterloo, ON
Greetings in the name of the Triune God who justifies the ungodly through faith for Christ's sake!
I am serving my vicarage year at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waterloo, ON. I am very excited that we have been able to start a weekly campus Bible study every Tuesday night at Wilferd Laurier here in Waterloo. So far we have only a few students joining us, but I like to look at it as a good start and a good base. We are currently going through the articles of the Augsburg Confession. I find that it is a good study for university students, since it addresses our Christian faith according to one of our historical confessions of faith. My goal is to engage them in constructive discussions and fruitful learning.
It is such a privilege to teach the Christian faith as it is laid out in the Augsburg Confession. On June 25th, 1530 our Lutheran fathers presented this confession before the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Charles V. They boldly and courageously confessed the Scriptural truths that were faithfully taught by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. What they confessed on that day remains the confession of each and every one of us even today. I am a firm believer that Christian theology is not just for seminary students, professors, and pastors. It is for all Christians. Article IV of the Augsburg Confession says that people are declared innocent and righteous “for Christ's sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor, and that their sins are forgiven for Christ's sake, who, by His death, has made satisfaction for our sins. This faith God imputes for righteousness in His sight.” This truth is the center of all that I am teaching to the students because it is the center of all that we as Christians believe, teach, learn, and confess. I ask for your prayers that through this campus ministry, the Holy Spirit would strengthen these students' faith in their Saviour through His pure teaching.
Vicar Andrew Preus
For Students in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, please join us at room 431 Bricker Academic Building, Wilfred Laurier, Waterloo, ON on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm. This coming Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, we will not meet, since I will be at a Pastors' Conference.