Martin Luther sought a loving God. He was a devoted monk and priest who faithfully served the Lord in his religious vocation, but who still at times struggled to know the God of grace he finally found in the Scriptures.
If the law that convicts us of our sin is to be found in the Ten Command- ments, then the grace that frees us to live fully in Jesus Christ is found in the Apostles’ Creed. This ancient statement of belief carries the totality of the Gospel message that Luther wanted people to learn so they would be free.
It offers believers the very definition of who God is: the Three in One and One in Three, the source of life, grace, mercy, and love. It is the answer to the First Commandment. “You shall have no other gods before me.” Further, the Creed teaches what we can expect from God: the promises he has made for us and intends to fully deliver on, as well as how we are to know him perfectly and as completely as possible.
Luther was highly interested in educating Christians on who God is and his “for you” character so that they would know in their hearts that God loves them and is always there for them. In the explanation of the Creed, he emphasized that God is a loving Father who created everything that exists and gives his children all they need for the day. He taught the ortho- dox doctrine of Jesus being fully divine and fully human, and that this One sacrificed his innocent blood for you and me so that we might live in eternal righteousness and holiness. Further, he explained that it is by the Holy Spirit that people come to faith and are given the gifts to live and serve God in their lives. The Spirit formed the Church and draws all believers together into the Communion of Saints, even as he forgives sin and renews our lives.
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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
100 E Schrock Road
Westerville, OH 43081
Office Hours: 9am to 4:30pm M-Th
9am to noon Fri
p. (614) 882-3026
f. (614) 882-7968
Our mission is to reach out with the love of Jesus to grow disciples and serve our community.
We envision Grace to be a welcoming Christ-centered community of faith, inviting all, growing in discipleship, sharing in ministries.