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Tuesday, 13 October 2015 13:33

Works Lesson 1

Good Works


Reformation Truth
    As we have seen before, the Reformation revived the Biblical teaching that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection. We are not saved by our works, but by the work Jesus did while He was here.  Are we then to forget about good works?  Are we not to concern ourselves with doing good to our neighbor.  Luther and the Reformers clearly taught that we are to show love and for others.  The Bible clearly calls us to do good to others in our homes, community, and world. Our reason for doing them is the difference.  Many do good works thinking they will make them righteous and send them to heaven.  We do not do good to be righteous, we do good because we are righteous.  Our works do not produce our righteousness, they are a product of it.

The Reformation is alive and well at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
    We, at St. Paul’s are very aware of how we are saved and how we are not.  We do not trust ourselves and our own works to save us, but place our trust solely in Jesus for our salvation.  We understand God calls us to good works and trust in His Spirit to produce those good works in us.  We believe Ephesians 2:8-9 about how we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus.  We also understand verse 10 that tells us we are His workmanship.  We look for opportunities to show love for each other and the others around us in thanks for what God has done.  We trust the Spirit to work His will in us and boldly reach out in love to others.  We invite you to join us in the assurance of faith, and the joy of that faith at work in our lives.

Reformation Alive

The Church

Reformation Truth
    The Church of Martin Luther’s day had become a huge, powerful force in European life.  It was a state unto itself.  Church leaders became less and less responsive to the needs of God’s people as they assumed more and more power. 
    Luther read the Bible and was brought back to the realization that the Church is those who have faith in Jesus.  Those believers came together Sunday after Sunday to receive God’s grace.  The Church was not characterized by the massive sanctuaries of Europe, but by those faithful Christians who gathered in those sanctuaries to receive Law and Gospel, and be renewed in their Baptismal covenant.  They came to receive the very body and blood of Jesus for forgiveness and strength of faith.  Luther’s great desire was to bring to the assembled faithful before the cross of Christ, the empty tomb, and to the right hand of God where Jesus has ascended to intercede for those who gather in His name.

The Reformation is alive and well at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
    We at St. Paul’s gather for worship as the Church (the assembly of believers) in the place to which God has called us.  We gather around the Word and receive the blessings of the Sacraments.  We receive what God brings and respond with our prayer, praise and confession of faith.  We value one another because God has valued us in Christ.  We invite you to join us.

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