It’s All About the Gospel!

AS we consider the Reformation and our heritage as Lutherans faithful first to Scripture and also to the Lutheran Confessions as a faithful exposition of scriptural teaching we are reminded that the Gospel reigns supreme among us! We are comforted by the Good News of Jesus. We are happy to share this good news. We are reminded that the Gospel comes to us through the Word (written or spoken), through Baptism and the exercise of reliving our baptism through repentance and forgiveness, through the Lord’s Supper, and through conversation with fellow Christians. These are the things that make church attendance important. For it is at church where we hear the Word, relive our Baptism, receive the Supper, and have opportunity to encourage each other with the gospel in conversation. So Luther writes in his Smalcald Articles (one of the Lutheran Confessions): “We will now return to the Gospel, which does not give us counsel and aid against sin in only one way. God is superabundantly generous in his grace: First, through the spoken Word, by which the forgiveness of sins is preached in the world [Luke 24:45-47]. This is the particular office of the Gospel. Second, through Baptism. Third, through the holy Sacrament of the Altar. Fourth, through the Power of the Keys. Also through the mutual conversation and consolation of brethern, “Where two or three are gathered” (Matthew 18:20) and other such verses [especially Romans 1:12].” Contemplate these words of Luther and the implications of these words for our daily living!

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