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FORGIVENESS IS FREE – BUT NOT CHEAP.

FORGIVENESS IS FREE – BUT NOT CHEAP.

Your sins have earned the penalty of death. Christ paid that price for you through His death. Salvation is not cheap — the Son of God gave up all things for you. Forgiveness is free. God gives you this salvation, which Christ earned, for free. Solus Christus. Through Christ alone.

Our life in Christ reflects this truth. Forgiveness is free. You are forgiven in Christ. This is true for you every moment of every day because of God’s promise in your Baptism. We are called to sacrifice everything to live our lives according to God’s will because of His love for us (Rom. 12:1). We are called to trust only in Christ: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

CRUX SOLA EST NOSTRA THEOLOGIA.

CRUX SOLA EST NOSTRA THEOLOGIA.

The Cross alone is our theology. God’s love is manifest in Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. God’s love is fulfilled through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. With the New Testament, we proclaim Christ and Him crucified. Luther stated that the cross alone is our theology, echoing the words of Paul: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3).

THE LORD’S SUPPER ACCOMPLISHES SOMETHING

THE LORD’S SUPPER ACCOMPLISHES SOMETHING

We believe Jesus is present because He promises to be. And when God is present, things happen. Either life or death, either blessing or curse, but be assured of this: something occurs when God is present. Jesus comes to us in His body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins to all who trust in His Word. All who receive the Sacrament receive Christ’s body and blood. Those who receive it in faith receive the benefits given in Christ’s promise. Those who do not believe receive judgment.

BAPTISM SAVES

BAPTISM SAVES

God works through means. The Holy Spirit creates faith through the Word and the Sacraments. When ordinary water is combined with God’s Word and connected with His command, it does exactly what God promises it will do. It saves (Titus 3:4–7; 1 Peter 3:21). Through Baptism God forgives sins and gives the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Baptism joins you to Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection (Rom. 6:4–5). Baptism gives eternal life through the resurrection of Jesus (Col. 2:11–12). Baptism makes disciples (Matt. 28:19). These promises are for all people, young and old (Acts 2:39). These promises are fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  For you.

YOU STILL AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD’S LOVE

YOU STILL AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD’S LOVE

The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it” (Luther’s Works 31:57). God loves you for no good reason … except His goodness. Though you may be tempted to work to improve and be more liked or loved, God doesn’t wait for your improvement. He doesn’t even require it. He loves you. His love is what changes you from sinner to saint. His love sent Jesus to die and rise for you. His love gives you salvation in Christ freely. His love caused Holy Scripture to be written so that you might hear and believe in His love. His love washed you in Baptism. His love feeds you in the Lord’s Supper. His love makes you lovable. He loves you freely and fully. No strings attached.

Sola Scriptura. Sola Gratia. Sola Fide. Solus Christus.

SOLA SCRIPTURA.  SOLA GRATIA.  SOLA FIDE.  SOLUS CHRISTUS.

Sola Scriptura. Sola Gratia. Sola Fide. Solus Christus. Latin. Ironic, isn’t it? A movement that resulted in the liturgy and the Bible in our language (not Latin) is remembered by Latin phrases. By Scripture alone, by grace alone, by faith alone. Through Christ alone. Alone. Without your help. Without human tradition. Without anyone’s assistance. God acts alone through Jesus.

Scripture. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Grace. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Faith. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Through Christ alone. God gives us all these gifts because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All good gifts come from God and benefit all those who believe. Through Christ alone.

You Can Read the Bible on Your Phone Because of Luther

YOU CAN READ THE BIBLE ON YOUR PHONE BECAUSE OF LUTHER

We love and treasure the Word of God. The Scriptures are our sole source for doctrine and practice. The Scriptures deliver Christ to us, and for this we rejoice.

Luther desired that every person could have access to the Word of God. He translated the Bible into German so that every person could read it. A result of Luther’s translation was the proliferation of Bible translations, and today, the multiplicity of media through which God’s Word is freely available.

The Word is to be read, taught and proclaimed. The Word informs us of God’s love and instructs us in His will. Just as the Word made flesh came for the whole world, so God’s written Word is given for all people.

You ARE Saved By Works

YOU ARE SAVED BY WORKS

But not yours. Jesus did more than die for you. He lived for you. Salvation is not merely the forgiveness of sins. It is the gift of righteousness, received by faith. We receive what He deserves — rewards for His good works — given as a gift. And He received what we deserve because of our deeds — punishment.

God works to save you. He gives you the fruit of His labor by grace. You receive this through faith. This Good News is the focus of the Scriptures. You do nothing. God works. And His works are very good.

Your good works are done in response to salvation. Justification by grace through faith does not mean good works are bad, but puts them in their proper role. We live according to God’s will out of thankfulness to His love.

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