IT IS BY GRACE, THROUGH FAITH

Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed

Jun 19, 2020

Our extended family and friends in Finland and Sweden are preparing for midsummer festivities next week.  Hopefully, everyone is well and able to celebrate some.  When we were there (2016) we joined with the Hissa’s for worship on Saint Juhannus Day (St. John the Baptist) in the old stone church in Isokyra, Finland, a tradition held for many years. I treasured those hours and days spent together learning more of my father’s family, heritage and place of birth. I grieved learning of the massacres of Finns in their community by the Russians. I was impressed by the resilience of the Finns in the Winter War of 1939.

We tend to carry a lot of shame over the tragic things that happened in our past.  It need not be. God give us grace and courage to stand and say “I am not ashamed.” St. Paul wrote this in his letter to the Romans. He went through many beatings, stoning, imprisonments and finally went to Rome where he was executed for his faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Still his words have driven many believers:

“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes….  in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed…by faith from first to last, just as it is written,’The righteous will live by faith’” Romans 1:16-17.
There is power in the Gospel for salvation by faith from sin and death.  This power drives away shame and helps us lift the banner of who we are, what we believe and how we are to live in Christ.
Faith Lutheran is a Christian church affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  We are a Gospel centered gathering of believers in Jesus Christ.  We confess that Jesus came into the world to save us from sin, death and the devil, to make us his own and to bring us to heaven by grace, through faith alone.  We believe and hold the whole Bible as the Word of God as the sole basis for everything we believe and teach.  We also uphold the Lutheran confessions as contained in the Book of Concord.

Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic monk and professor of theology in the 16th century, tried very hard to please God by keeping all the commandments and traditions of the church.  He could never do it.  He discovered how the Bible says that man is not saved from the wrath of God by doing good works but by believing and receiving the goodness of the Lord Jesus who died for our sins on the cross.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, By Sneecs, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6581942

Everything we do together, at church, at home, in school or at work, wherever we are, is done out of thankfulness to Jesus, what he did for us. Why?  Because the offering of his righteous, sinless life on the cross, and his rising from the dead completely satisfies God and showers down his grace, mercy and peace upon us by the Holy Spirit.  It transforms us to be more like him, unashamed and BOLD.
   We share his transforming grace with all, and ourselves as well.  God’s joy to you.
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