Lutheran Christians understand that they are "Justified by grace through faith." In other words, the heavy lifting has been accomplished by God through Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift we can never earn or inherit. We can do nothing but receive it. The question is: now that you know this gift, what will you do with it? What follows is a l-o-n-g study, prayer and conversation! Here is some basic information for you to consider.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and yet this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God -- not because of works, lest anyone should boast." -- Ephesians 2:8-9
Grace is the free gift which gives all -- eternal life, forgiveness, purpose, meaning -- to human beings.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith . . . For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, 'The One who through faith is righteous shall live.'" -- Romans 1:16-17
Part trust, part knowledge, part following -- faith can't be reduced to a few steps; it is a way of life, the walk of a lifetime, one day at a time.
"I am not given to having or interpreting dreams, nor do I desire this faculty or knowledge. I have made a covenant with my Lord God that He send me neither visions nor dreams nor even angels. For I am well satisfied with the gift of Holy Scripture, which gives me abundant instruction and plentifully supplies all that I need to know both for this life and for that which is to come. This Holy Scripture I believe, and with it I am satisfied. And I am certain that it will not deceive me."
"ALL" TRULY MEANS EVERYONE
As Lutheran Christians, we are commanded to love one another and model that love in all we do. Following Christ’s example of love and inclusion, we seek to build a strong and diverse faith community based on love, affirmation, mutual respect, and service to others.
Society shows us that people are labeled, classified, and excluded. Jesus taught us another way: Inclusion.
Regardless of any distinctions society puts on you because of your race, abilities, family status, personal history, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression, know that you are a beloved Child of God.
As such, you and your loved ones are always welcome at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
No matter who you are, who you love, or how you express your uniqueness, there is a place for you at our table. For more information regarding the Reconciling in Christ program, please visit the ReconcilingWorks website.