By Grace Alone

Dear God’s Grace Community,

This coming Sunday we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which was led by Martin Luther.

One of Luther’s hallmark theological terms was BY GRACE ALONE

“The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  John 1:17(NRSV) 

Luther’s writings are full of such short definitions of what became the cardinal concept of his theology. He states this concept in a sermon on  the passage above which Luther delivered on October 6, 1537. Grace is the refrain of Luther’s theology.

“A good song may well be sung often. Grace consists of this, that God is merciful to us and manifests grace for the sake of the Lord Christ, forgives all sins, and will not impute them unto us for eternal death. This is grace:  the forgiveness of sins for the sake of the Lord Christ, the covering up of all sins." Martin Luther

Prayers: Debbi Meador and all who struggle with cancer. Rodney Jackson and dealing in his foot. Lyle Mercer and strength for his weakening body. World leadership: may we have those with Luther’s courage and may we all grow in our followership. All that has been and yet needs reformed. 

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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