Solus Christus: Christ Alone

Christ Alone

What is “Christ Alone”? Our only source of salvation is the life, death, and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  Christianity is inclusive because Jesus died for the sins of the entire world; it is also exclusive, for only one way exists to God: Jesus (John 14:6.)  “Salvation is found in no one else [Jesus], […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 4: Living with a Clean Conscience before God

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Corresponding to this [God saving Noah and his family through the water], baptism now saves you, not by removing dirt from the flesh, but by the appeal of a clear conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 3:21   Is a Clean Conscience Possible before God? The Christian’s way of life […]

John 16:12-15: Receiving All–the Deposit of the Faith

The Deposit of the Faith

We’ve inherited a strange way of reading the Bible.  When someone reads Scripture, he often thinks each passage is a direct line, straight from God, telling him what to do.  Such a notion, however, isn’t true.  Read the Bible and you will find out otherwise. Here’s an example.  Paul writes, “Wives, submit to your husbands […]

Sola Gratia: Grace Alone

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What is “Grace Alone”? At the center of what we believe is the teaching that salvation is an unearned gift of God’s grace.  “By grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). […]

Action, Reaction… Overreaction?

Resurrection of the Body and Eternal Life

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for May 2016 on the resurrection of the body. We speak of this reality: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  In Church history, however, this may be an understatement.  For what happens if you define yourself by what you are not, instead of who you are? […]

1 Maccabees 4:36-51, John 10:22-33

I and the Father are One

Today, we are following Jesus.  We walk behind Him, and He makes His way to the Temple to celebrate a festival.  For us, it is spring; for Jesus, the season is now winter.  So, Jesus chooses to make His way to the Temple to celebrate a religious festival God never commanded for His people. Why […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 3

Sanctus in Heaven

Being More than Beggars, We also Join with the Saints and Angels in Eternity In our Christian lives, as we journey from the font to the grave, we walk before God the Father as beggars.  But that isn’t the full story.  We may be beggars, but we also associate with the holy angels!  In Christ […]

Sola Fide: Faith Alone

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What “Faith Alone” means “Faith alone” is a common phrase we Lutherans use.  “Faith alone” means that we cannot save ourselves, which also means that our works don’t save us either.  God is our Savior. So, how then does faith fit in?  Faith is a gift, which God gives to someone in the ways He […]

Acts 9:1-22: The God of Surprises

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God is full of surprises.  He looks down from heaven at the sin and rebellion mounting against Him by those whom He created.  But instead of destroying them all in righteous anger, deep, passionate love moves Him to send His Son to die for their sins.  You may be so used to the Gospel that […]

John 3:5, 16: Donna Defferding’s Funeral Sermon

Believe and Baptized

We face death as we face life—with our eyes fixed on Jesus.  We cling to the promises of His Word, which, when facing death, seem even more incredible and powerful.  We find one of our Lord’s most beautiful promises in John chapter 14: “In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, […]