Martin Luther lived in Germany more than five hundred years ago. He was a friar in a monastery and worked as a Bible professor at the University of Wittenberg. Luther's preaching and teaching led to conflict with the church in his day (the only Western denomination was the Roman Catholic Church), to the point where he was excommunicated.
Luther's teaching and preaching always begins with Christ, with what his death and resurrection mean for us:
- We can't help ourselves and need a savior.
- God comes to us in the flesh and person of Jesus.
- Christ's death on the cross alone frees us from sin.
- The resurrection is God's promise of eternal grace, mercy and love.
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8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
1 Corinthians 1:11-13 (NRSV)
11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.
12 What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
According to Paul, is our salvation the result of doing good works, or is it something else? What is the purpose of good works, then?
It's easy to name the separations in the body of Christ--different congregations, different denominations, and so on. Where do we see Christians coming together?
(Name), you are a Child of God!