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Offline Jon

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Lutheran by Choice
« on: Tue Aug 02, 2011 - 09:55:07 »
Hello! I am a brand new member and also recently, a new member of the local Lutheran Church. I'm a mature man with a more independent, congregationalist type background. By nature I'm a constant learner, a seeker of sorts. So, why did I choose to become a Lutheran? I'll just give a few thoughts that meant much to me.

I value a salvation that is 100% based upon the person and merit of Jesus Christ, for I find it soundly biblical. I've always cherished Luther for bringing back to the front the teaching of justification by faith alone. I also am understanding better the distinction between law and gospel in a more productive manner in my life, thanks to the Lutheran approach, including how the gospel works in my sanctification as well as in justification. I like Luther's statement: "if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious´╗┐´╗┐ sinners."  I have enough trouble with the true sins given us in the Scripture without worrying about the man-made sins. On a more subjective and personal note; I like going to church where people care enough to dress as well as they would going to a nice restaurant. I am enjoying the God honoring songs with majestic, quality music that lets me know I am in the presence of God. I'm learning the liturgical worship and its reverence that focuses us on the Triune God. Then I have always appreciated the freedom and liberty I find in Luther and as expressed in Romans 14; freedom for me and a freedom I give to others in Christ. My neighborhood church is of the ELCA, and my latest Study Bible is the one published by the LCMS so I hope to get a broad spectrum of Lutheran viewpoints. I look forward to learning more in the future.

Jon

   

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Re: Lutheran by Choice
« Reply #1 on: Tue Aug 02, 2011 - 15:52:33 »

Hi Jon and welcome to Grace Centered Christian Forums. I'm so glad that God led you to a place to glorify Him, to participate in fellowship, and to grown in grace and knowledge of Him. God knows exactly what we need and I hope you become an active witness of the work God continues to work into your life through the Lutheran Church.

May God bless you in the time you spend here in Jesus' precious name. and it's good to have you with us.

 ::smile::

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Re: Lutheran by Choice
« Reply #2 on: Sun Sep 25, 2011 - 19:34:24 »
Welcome!

I'm a "Lutheran by choice" as well, coming from a Catholic background.

I only occasionally post here, but perhaps more often in the future.

Blessings!

- Josiah

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Re: Lutheran by Choice
« Reply #3 on: Wed Nov 02, 2011 - 07:18:07 »
I am not Lutheran but attend with my cousin when we visit her.  I have a great respect for the L C folks.   Welcome to the board.

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Re: Lutheran by Choice
« Reply #4 on: Mon Dec 19, 2011 - 15:28:39 »
I am Lutheran by choice ( I suppose ). I've looked into other denominations, but Lutheranism fits best. But my family has been Lutheran since I was 5 years old, so it's not like I "found" Lutheranism after much searching...

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Re: Lutheran by Choice
« Reply #4 on: Mon Dec 19, 2011 - 15:28:39 »