At Gift of Grace, we believe that the Scriptures are the very Word of God. Hearing the word preached and taught is one of the means by which God increases and sustains our faith. The resources below are meant to aid you in hearing the word of Christ.
Listen to Sunday sermons and download sermon outlines.
In this rapidly changing world, what someone has called "liquid modernity", is there a place one which to stand? Is there anything enduring? Jesus identifies a community built upon a rock that will endure, and from which the forgiveness of sins is given. And as the Reformer Martin Luther taught, "where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation."
Daily Bible Readings
A helpful outline for daily Bible reading.
Keep track of what's happening at Gift of Grace with our weekly newsletters.
A Word From Pastor Tim
This week we continue our review of the Ten Commandments with the Sixth Commandment, “You shall not commit adultery.” And in keeping with this series I share with you Luther’s brief explanation, “We are to fear and love God so that in matters of sex our words and conduct are pure and honorable, and husband and wife love and respect each other.”
Last week we looked at the Fourth Commandment and the respect and obedience we are to give to proper authorities. This week we will consider the prohibition to murder. “You shall not kill.” And once again we will reflect on Luther’s pithy explanation. He instructs, “We are to fear and love God so that we do not hurt our neighbor in any way, but help him in all his physical needs.”
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” This is the third commandment. And Luther’s explanation, easily committed to memory, goes “We are to fear and love God so that we do not neglect his Word and the preaching of it, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.”
The Second Commandment, according to the Lutheran listing, has to do with the Name of God: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” And Luther’s explanation is as follows, “We are to fear and love God so that we do not use His name superstitiously, or use it to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call on Him in prayer, praise and thanksgiving.”
In reviewing the Ten Commandments there is a good reason why the first Commandment comes first. It is because it is the most important. In fact, were we to keep the first Commandment, the other nine would be no problem whatsoever!
It is a Lutheran insight to understand God’s Word speaking to us primarily in two ways. First, God’s Word comes to us as Law. His commandments indicate his perfect will. And second, God’s Word comes to us as Gospel or promise. These promises are based on what the Lord has mercifully done for us on our behalf.