God’s word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God’s word judges a person’s thoughts and intentions. (Hebrews 4:12, GWV)
Martin Luther said, “Hence, whoever knows well this art of distinguishing between Law and Gospel, place him at the head and call him a doctor of Holy Scripture.” Every pastor strives to master this skill in his teaching, preaching, and counseling, but it’s a skill that can help every disciple of Jesus, not just clergy. (As is true of all theological skills!)
This month, to complete a DiscipleQuest step, one of the trainees learned to recognize and divide Law and Gospel in his personal conversations with his classmates and family. He learned when to respond with Law, when someone needed to be confronted or accomplish a task, and when to respond with Gospel, when someone needed help or forgiveness. Completing that step involved discussing five conversations he’d had throughout his week with his mentor (Pastor Dale) and explaining how Law and Gospel applied in each of those conversations.
In DiscipleQuest, you’re not just taught. You’re trained. God’s Word applies to our daily lives, and the skills developed in DiscipleQuest help participants learn how to use those skills in their lives. If you’d like to learn better how to use spiritual skills in daily life, talk to Pastor Dale, and choose your path.