“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,
and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

christ-concord-smallIf you talk about being a true Christian/Lutheran without mentioning Jesus Christ and Him crucified…

…you’re doing it wrong.

If you’re trying to convince someone that they need to do something in the liturgy without mentioning Jesus Christ and Him crucified…

…you’re doing it wrong.

If you talk about faith without mentioning Jesus Christ and Him crucified…

… you’re doing it wrong.

If you talk about righteousness (or kinds of righteousness) without mentioning Jesus Christ and Him crucified…

…you’re doing it wrong.

If you talk about the Gospel without mentioning Jesus Christ and Him crucified…

…you’re doing it wrong.

If you talk about the Law without mentioning Jesus Christ and Him crucified…

…you’re doing it wrong.

When Christ is living in you through faith bestowed by His Word, water, and body and blood, you can’t be doing wrong for in Him there is no condemnation and He is your wisdom, righteousness, redemption and sanctification.

All theology flows from Jesus Christ and Him crucified, for you and crucified for the sins of the world. That should always be your focus when talking about theology with your friends. Christ and Him crucified for you is how you should judge your pastor’s sermons and what he does in the Divine Service.

A true Christian/Lutheran confesses his faith in Christ alone because he has been given that confession and faith! It’s not his at all. Christ’s perfect faith given to that poor miserable sinning Lutheran. Christ’s perfect confession given to you and me!

Talk about Christ and Him crucified. Everything else flows from there and falls into place.

And thanks be to God that Christ saves us even when we’re doing it wrong.

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