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Why Be Lutheran?

by Pastor David D. Reedy

As Prince of Peace's Pastor, I feel compelled to speak on this question, because I was not always Lutheran.  I myself came to the Lutheran Church as a young adult.  Why do I believe the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is the place to be?  Because here you will hear about the love that God has for you.  You won't be given an impossible list of things to accomplish to measure up to God.   You will hear how God gave His Son that you might have forgiveness and new and eternal life.

The Lutheran church is the church of the Reformation.  Martin Luther was the first voice in a long time proclaiming to a Christianity lost in myth and philosophy that God loves all people and has moved to save them through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The Lutheran Church was the first voice to once again, as did the apostolic church, to proclaim that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, because of what Jesus did for us, as the Scripture alone declares to us.  Why be Lutheran?  Because Lutherans believe, teach, and confess what Scripture proclaims: 

 For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
NAU Ephesians 2:8-9

  The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod is a church body that believes in proclaiming  the full truth that is revealed to us through the pages of the Holy Scriptures.  Our church body holds in the highest esteem God's Word.  It depends upon God's Word alone for faith and practice.   And it encourages all people to make use of God's Word for it is able to make one wise unto salvation.
 
 
 

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod believes that without Jesus there is no way into heaven.  The LCMS is committed to reaching out to the world with the goodnews of Jesus Christ so that all people may receive in full all the wonderful gifts that God desires to give including forgiveness, new life, communion with God, and fellowship with God's people.
 
 
 

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod believes God has given us one to the other to love and care for one another.  The members of the various congregations of the LCMS are committed to loving and caring for each other.  We confess that every congregation is a family of God gathered around His Word and Sacraments in a given place.  When one has God as his father, he also has many brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
 
 

Not only is it a high priority for us to be reaching out with the goodnews of Jesus Christ to all the world, but is a of utmost importance for us to be sure we are proclaiming the truth to people.  Jesus said, "If you hold to my teachings you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."{John 8:31-32}  Therefore we endeavour to remain faithful to God's Word in our understanding and proclamation.  Jesus Himself said He is the way the truth and the life and that no one can come to the Father except by Him.  We want to declare God's Word to the world in truth and purity so that the faith we live may be based on the reality of God and His true blessings and no on illusion and vain hopes.

  In the LCMS you will find that you not only have a family in your particular congregation, but that our church body as a whole strives to work together for the common mission of Jesus Christ. Even when we disagree with one another, we meet and discuss our disagreements over Scripture so that we may come into harmony and walk together.
 
 

Why Be Lutheran?   Because in the LCMS you will hear the truth of God's riches given us through Jesus Christ.  It will not be watered down. God's greatest treasures given through His Word and His Sacraments are here bestowed as God has commanded.  It is indeed a great blessing to be in the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod.

© Rev. David D. Reedy 2002