Lutherans like us believe that in order to become a Christian you don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to have some sort of conversion experience; you don’t have to be a Bible expert; you don’t need to say a so-called believer’s prayer; you don’t even have to mend your ways. To become a Christian you simply need to recognize and accept the gift of God’s love that has been there for you forever. When you come to understand that God accepts you as you are – with all your beautiful gifts and talents – and also your skeletons, sins, and failings – then you can stop worrying about being good and, well, just be… God will help with the “good” part! But not to attain some moralistic righteousness – rather, to serve others – to love others – and to help them know that God loves them, too.
One of the best ways to live out this love of God is to be a part of a Christian congregation like Holy Trinity. As a part of a bunch of people who worship and pray together, and who also give their time, resources, and talents, you can help make the world a place where all of creation is nurtured, fed, clothed, protected from injustice, and allowed to prosper.
It’s also important to learn about your faith in God by reading the Bible. Learning and/or talking about the Bible with others is a great way to make it part of your story. Here are some resources to get you going!
For us, this is what it means to be saved…that we rejoice in God’s love and share it with others!
To become a Lutheran is easy. If you have never been baptised, then that’s a great place to start. To get baptised is the way all Christians show that they (or their children) are part of the Body of Christ (more on that in a moment). If you were already baptised, then learn a little bit about Lutherans – we can help – and (if you want) consider becoming a member at a church like Holy Trinity. Then, worship God, read the Bible, serve others, and grow in faith!
All of this means that you and we are part of the Body of Christ – or the Church. As Jesus returned to heaven, he told us that others would see him and believe in him because of what they saw in his followers – joy, love, generosity. Throughout the centuries since then, Christians, including Lutherans, have boldly (although certainly not always perfectly) lived out that command. We pray for God’s guidance and confess our failings.
Here’s a great – visual – way to learn more! – Its All About Love