Saturday, March 29, 2008

Why I Am a Lutheran, Conclusion Lord, In Your Mercy--Hear Our Prayer--Daniel Preus

“I am a Lutheran for the same reason I am a Christian. It is not by choice but by grace. The teachings of the Lutheran Church place Jesus at the center because the teachings of the Scriptures place Jesus at the center. No other confession demonstrates such fidelity to the truths of God’s Word. No other confession so glorifies Christ by placing Him at the center of all it confesses and teaches. Being a Lutheran is truly all about Jesus.
· The entire sinful world is loved by Jesus.
· God saves us through the life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
· The Holy Spirit creates faith by showing us Jesus.
· In Baptism, we die and rise with Jesus.

· In the Lord’s Supper, we receive our inheritance with the body and blood of Jesus.
· The pastor proclaims and distributes the merits of Jesus.
· All our prayers go to the Father through Jesus.
· All our good works flow out of hearts that trust in Jesus.
· In the bearing of all crosses in this veil of tears, our eyes are fixed on Jesus.
· We wait with joyous hope for the day when we will see the face of Jesus.

Thus the Christian faith is all about Jesus. Being a Lutheran is all about Jesus.”

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