Synod’s theme for the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is
It’s Still All about Jesus!
How is the Reformation relevant?
Salvation is a gift given through faith because of what Christ has done.
Luther discovered that righteousness is a gift from God through Christ.
On the cross, Jesus bore the weight of our sin and set us free from sin, death, and the power of the devil.
God places the burden of our sin onto Jesus.
Salvation is not through our works. Forgiveness is not something we earn.
God's mercy saves sinners through Jesus' death and resurrection. All who trust in Christ are saved.
The Church removes the burden of sin through the Means of Grace:
The preaching of the Word and Holy Absolution
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Luther said that one need only to place trust in Jesus Christ alone and His good work on the cross.
Comfort is located squarely in Jesus Christ, nowhere else.
It’s that simple.
The quieting of people’s consciences through the preaching of the Good News of Jesus still is needed close by and beyond the oceans.
Good works of mercy are done by the church near and far, not to earn God’s favor, but to serve those in need. God doesn’t need our good works; our neighbor does.
Missionaries are sent to the inner city and abroad, including places like Ferguson, MO; Cincinnati, OH; Brownsville, TX; Spain; Chile; Sri Lanka; and the Dominican Republic.
God's Word is still true.
Christ died and rose to forgive your sins.