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                                                  The Beatitudes
                                                  The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). Are they law or gospel? 

Do the beatitudes tell us what we must do in order to achieve a blessed state (i.e. law/commandments)? Is being meek what we have to do in order to inherit the earth? In order to receive mercy do we have to be merciful? In order to be called children of God do we have to be peacemakers?

Or are the beatitudes unconditional promises (i.e. gospel/good news)? Are the poor in spirit blessed because the kingdom of heaven is theirs even in the midst of their spiritual poverty? Are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake blessed because the kingdom of heaven is their now even in the midst of their suffering? Are the merciful blessed because they are willing to receive mercy when it is offered? Are those who mourn blessed because they are willing to be comforted?

What do you hear in Jesus’ proclamation of the beatitudes?

Pastor Ritva


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Who is St Stephen's Lutheran Church

We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located in  the Southeastern Iowa Synod

At St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, we recognize the need to proclaim openly that the gospel is God’s gift to all people to be shared unconditionally. 

As a community aspiring to a be a spiritual home for all God’s people, we welcome all persons, without exception, without regard for age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, financial or family status, physical or mental abilities, or any other human distinction used to discriminate and exclude. 

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that welcomes diversity, which enriches, nurtures and challenges our life and ministry. Come and join us as we know, live, and share Christ together in love. 

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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, ELCA

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