May 2015 – News Bulletin

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.”Romans 1:16-17

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As Lutherans, we read scripture and experience faith from the Christo-centric perspective. In other words, our salvation is all God’s doing through Jesus Christ and God freely gives us (grace) the gift of faith to believe this is true.

Yet we Lutherans struggle with the idea of grace like everyone else. We think to ourselves, “Yea, saved by grace—but just in case, I better be good or else.” Or we might wonder, “God doesn’t love ‘bad’ people does God? After all, if we have no part in our salvation then why bother doing anything good at all?”

I think of it this way: our salvation isn’t about how good we are but how good God is! God is sooo good. And so we believe that salvation comes only from God and live our lives trusting in God. As Paul wrote in Romans, “The righteous will live by faith.” Those whose relationship with God has been made right—through Jesus Christ—live trusting in this good news.

On Sunday May, 3 we will have two significant events take place at Trinity. The first is watching young brothers and sisters in faith affirm their baptism during the 9:30 service as they make public profession of their faith in Jesus Christ—this gift they have received! Thanks be to God!

Secondly, we launch the Generosity Perspective©. The Generosity Perspective is not another financial campaign to get people to give more money to Trinity. Rather, it offers a way of living in response to the generosity of God who has given us everything. When one lives generously, amazing life-giving things happen!

Invite a friend to hear this good news. The righteous live by faith—faith in a good and generous God who has redeemed the world through Jesus Christ.

Love,

Pastor Tom

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