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Rev. Andrew Miao, President of the China Evangelical Lutheran Church
Dearly Beloved in Christ, God’s Peace to you!
During this season of Pentecost, we are covered in Christ’s grace, as he
freely justifies us to be God’s children and leads us by the same
Spirit who is the evidence of our salvation.
For this reason, we should give witness to the Spirit’s power in our
daily lives so that Christ’s Spirit who has given us the resurrection
life to our mortal bodies would enable us to serve our neighbor and gain
the true benefits of His life.
For us who have held on to the confessional Lutheran heritage, we
especially pay attention to how we live and act so that we do not hinder
the witness of the gospel of the Kingdom of God; that we do not bring
disgrace to the name of Christ; that we do not rely on the outward
appearance of the church’s ritual forms in place of the authority of
“Scripture Alone,” that we do not allow our own self-centered
perspective to replace our vision based on “Faith Alone” and finally
that we do not make the confession of the purity of doctrine a
substitute for our inheritance of Grace Alone.
All of this, of course, is from God through Christ Alone who is the center of our life of faith.
May the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ move again within the church
with authority to the glory and praise of our Heavenly Father! Amen!