Why are we Christians? Why do we chose to be Lutheran? The answer to these questions is provided for us in Rev Daniel Preus book "Why I am a Lutheran". This is his answer.

" Why am I a Christian? Because Jesus is at the center and it's all about Him. I am a Christian by grace, a simple yet profund wprh of the new creation in water and Word. I know Jesus loves me because '[His] Word gives life to water poured." Because of Jesus, I face no punishment for sin, nordo I face an eternal death. I am God's child, and He has given me His family of believers wherein He feeds me. God is so kind and gracious. Thus I live with faith in Him and hope that is born from His promises.

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 truth of God's Word. No other confession 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.
  • 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. St. Paul says, "No one can lay a foundation other than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ' ( 1 Chorinthians 3:11). St. Peter says, ' There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved' (Acts 4:12). That's why we sing 'On Christ the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand'.






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