You ARE saved by works.
You are saved by works. But not yours.
Jesus did more than die for you. He lived for
you. Salvation is not merely the forgiveness
of sins. It is the gift of righteousness,
received by faith. This Good News is the
focus of the Scriptures. You do nothing. God works. And His works are very good.
Your good works are done in response to salvation. Justification by grace through faith does not mean good works are bad, but puts them in their proper role. We live according to God’s will out of thankfulness to His love.
You can read the Bible on your phone because of Luther.
We love and treasure the Word of God. The Scriptures are our sole source for doctrine and practice. The Scriptures deliver Christ to us, and for this we rejoice.
Luther desired that every person have access to the Word of God. He translated the Bible into German so that every person could read it. A result of Luther’s translation was the proliferation of Bible translations, and today, the multiplicity of media through which God’s Word is freely available.
Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide. Solus Christus.
Latin. Ironic, isn’t it? A movement that resulted in the liturgy and the Bible in our language (not Latin) is remembered by Latin phrases. By Scripture alone, by grace alone, by faith alone. Through Christ alone. Alone. Without your help. Without human tradition. Without anyone’s assistance. God acts alone through Jesus.
Scripture. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Grace. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Faith. Given by God. Through which we receive Christ. Through Christ alone. God gives us all these gifts because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All good gifts come from God and benefit all those who believe. Through Christ alone.
You still aren’t good enough for God’s love.
“The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it” (Luther’s Works 31:57).
God loves you. For no good reason … except His goodness. Though you may be tempted to work to improve to be more liked or loved, God doesn’t wait for your improvement. He doesn’t even require it. He loves you. His love is what changes you from sinner to saint. His love sent Jesus to die and rise for you. His love gives you salvation in Christ freely. His love caused Holy Scripture to be written so that you might hear and believe in His love. His love washed you in Baptism. His love feeds you in the Lord’s Supper. His love makes you lovable. He loves you freely and fully. No strings attached.
Trinity Lutheran Church