Christoph Blumhardt and his Message by R. Lejeune

By R. Lejeune

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919) was once an unique. He used to be at domestic nowhere: he belonged neither to church circles nor to secular ones. He was once a humiliation to Christians and non-Christians alike. He looked as if it would problem and disconcert all people. And but he possessed a wierd self assurance in God's background; a self assurance that encouraged desire in lots of, and that keeps to take action even this present day. during this newly revised quantity, Lejeune provides a quick precis of Blumhardt's existence, by way of nineteen of his thought-provoking sermons.

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God’s promise that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church only applies to this living church of Jesus Christ. It does not apply to any human church. This living church might be only a small group in the world, even in our “Christian world”; yet it is to this “little flock” that God 58 / CHRISTOPH BLUMHARDT AND HIS MESSAGE wants to give his kingdom. The living church has the special vocation to hold his light of promise up in the middle of the darkness of the world. When all the spirits and powers of this world are unleashed and seem to cast a doubt upon this “growth of God’s kingdom,” just then the church-community has a special task.

The living church of Jesus Christ is of decisive importance for this victory. Jesus needs people who fight his battle in the midst of the chaos of world history. We must be a people who stand by the greatest commander-in-chief, Jesus Christ. Take your place in the ranks of those who fight for God’s kingdom! On the first Christmas of World War I, Blumhardt called his household to be part of this struggle: Introduction / 63 We must hold high the banner, we of God’s kingdom— the banner of our Savior Jesus Christ.

We remain confident that he remains our salvation and comfort. The living church of Jesus Christ is of decisive importance for this victory. Jesus needs people who fight his battle in the midst of the chaos of world history. We must be a people who stand by the greatest commander-in-chief, Jesus Christ. Take your place in the ranks of those who fight for God’s kingdom! On the first Christmas of World War I, Blumhardt called his household to be part of this struggle: Introduction / 63 We must hold high the banner, we of God’s kingdom— the banner of our Savior Jesus Christ.

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