As a confessional coalition of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, we believe that we cannot be justified before God by our own powers, merits, or works. We are justified as a gift on account of Chirst by grace through faith in Him alone. We are adopted and received into God's family by either hearing the proclamation of this gospel or being baptized into His name. With Martin Luther and the church fathers, we believe that God deals with us by means of His external Word and Sacrament.
Holy Baptism is a miracle where a sinner is moved from death to life. It is simply the moment when a spiritually dead infant, child, adolescent, or adult is brought to life, delivered from sin, Satan, and death, and is delivered into the Reign and Rule of the Father. All of this is done by God the Father, who connects the individual to His Son Jesus Christ under the mystery of and by means of the Holy Spirit. It is the greatest of comforts to know that Baptism is solely God's work and in it He chooses you.
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Absolution is God's forgiveness. God truly provides His Church the power to proclaim this forgiveness to the world. Through the pastor's proclamation of Jesus, a sinner truly becomes a saint. Through a parent's forgiveness in Jesus' name, a child truly is forgiven as by God Himself. Absolution is dispensed by the entire Church to anyone who feels condemned by their sin. It has been given above and beyond the other Sacraments and has been instituted precisely so that we can use and practice it every hour, keeping it with us at all times. Absolution is the mutual conversation and consolation of Christian brothers and sisters.
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The Lord's Supper is a miracle where the very Body and Blood of Jesus are present: in this meal, with the bread and wine, under the mystery of the Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper gives forgiveness, strengthens faith, and is a foretaste of the feast to come on the Last Day. The Christian should participate in the Lord's Supper as often as they are able.
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