Martin Luther said that without the two Sacraments of the Church, no one can be a Christian. Through Holy Baptism we are welcomed into the faith community by God’s act of washing and forgiveness. This is his work, not ours! Through this gift of water connected to God’s Word, we are claimed as God’s own children, set apart for his work in the world, and made holy. Baptism offers believers the promise of eternal life, mercy and forgiveness, as well as victory over sin - keeping original sin in check daily as we remember to whom we belong.
When Luther wrote the explanations of the Ten Commandments, he answered his own question of “What does this mean.” with an answer that always began, “We are to fear and love God so that....” Original Sin, that Old Adam that persistently and perniciously has his hand around our necks, causes us to focus solely on ourselves and our own desires. Without Baptism we continue to be beholden to Original Sin and cannot break free of it on our own. However, with the Sacrament of Baptism we are empowered to “fear and love God” and live full in his presence. Daily we are encouraged to remember our Baptism so that we might live in communion with God, do
his will, and put him first in our lives.
Martin Luther called Holy Baptism the “medicine that swallows up death and keeps all people alive” (LC). He also referred to it as the greatest jewel, our daily garment, and a divine treasure. It puts to death the Old Adam within us and grants us to daily rise to new life in Christ. We receive this gift in faith and trust in its power for salvation. It is a lifelong venture to comprehend the gifts and grace that come to us through this Holy Sacrament. The “entire Christ” is given to us in it - and therefore we lack nothing if we have been baptized in him.
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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.