christianspiritualityOctober 13, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bethlehem Lutheran Church to offer Lessons in Christian Spirituality

Many people claim to be “Spiritual,” but “not religious.” Beginning Wednesday, October 19, Bethlehem Lutheran Church (5622 Johnsfield Rd., Standish), will begin a weekly series of instruction and guidance in “Christian Spirituality” as they practice the spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation and receive God’s gifts for the spirit.

In some ways, classifying Christianity as a ‘religion,’ is a category mistake,” said Rev. Matthew T. Dent, pastor at Bethlehem. “Christianity is about Christ Jesus and the gifts that God offers and wishes to give to all people which flow from Jesus’ work on the cross.”

Pastor Dent says that through this series, participants will learn what these gifts are and find out the means by which God delivers them. He developed the “Christian Spirituality” series in order to address some of the confusion people have thinking that Christianity is primarily about what we do and how we act and behave to show how “religious” we are.

In addition to the physical blessings God provides, God desires to deliver other gifts, and He wants you to receive them!” said the Standish pastor.

Pastor Dent went on to say, “God wants to bless us as whole person, body and spirit. He desires to give us strength and hope to live in this world and cope with all the difficulties and challenges of this life even as we wait for God to fulfill all the promises He made about our resurrection from the dead and our life in the world to come.”

God is a gift giving God,” said the Pastor, “And if we know and understand more about the spiritual dimensions of our reality, we will be blessed by receiving those gifts that our God and creator wishes to give to us, his creatures.”

Pastor Dent said that Christian spirituality is exercised in the most seemingly humble ways. “We live in time and space in physical bodies. In this study we will learn how God uses what is humble, simple, external and physical to be the vehicles of His Spirit and blessing; things like the spoken word, bread & wine, even simple water. We will also learn how our whole life and everything we do at home and at work has a spiritual dimension.”

Bethlehem holds regular services on Wednesday at 6:30 PM. On Saturday at 7:00 PM and on Sunday at 10:30AM, the congregation also gathers each week to pray, hear God’s Word and meditate upon it, sing, and receive the blessings of God won by Christ Jesus through His death on the cross. In depth studies about the Christian Faith as well as the spiritual and daily life of the Christian are offered on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM and on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM.

For more information, you can call Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 989-846-4972 or visit them online at http://blcstandish.org.