Living Our Baptism is our faith journey as we come from the baptismal waters to live a new life in Christ. Living Our Baptism means living a life nurtured by the faith practices of discipleship.
Martin Luther taught that every morning we are to rise and say, “I am baptized into Christ” and then go about our daily life inspired, guided, and empowered by our baptism as we live a life made new by Christ. The Holy Spirit guides and inspires us to continue in the covenant of holy baptism.
Five Gifts of Discipleship
When a baptized Christian affirms the faith, the presiding minister asks the question: Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism? (See box on right.) Our five-fold responses are actually five gifts from God—Spirit-filled gifts given to guide our walk in the newness of life in Christ. See more.
Daily Discipleship and Daily Faith Practices are online downloadable Bible studies based on the lectionary used at Sunday worship. As a Book of Faith Church, we understand that reading and reflecting on scripture helps us to grow in faith, love, and obedience to the will of God. The Daily Faith Practices and Daily Discipleship Bible Studies are available for each liturgical year. For example, Year A begins with the season of Advent in 2016, and is completed at the end of Time After Pentecost, 2017. Year B begins with the season of advent in 2017 and is completed at the end of Time After Pentecost, 2018. Year C begins with the season of Advent in 2018 and is completed at the end of Time After Pentecost in 2019. The liturgical seasons are Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.
Proclaim: Evangelism Tips
Proclaiming the good news of God in Christ through word and deed is a faith practice with extraordinary possibilities. E-tips is a series of articles on evangelism available for download and distribution in full-page or bulletin insert format. Use for committee and council meetings; or copy and duplicate the bulletin inserts to distribute to the whole congregation in worship or in your newsletter. See more.
Faith practices, especially prayer, and revival ministry play a powerful role in renewing congregations. There is a team (lay and clergy) in the ELCA who are passionate about renewing the ELCA through prayer, renewal events, prayer services, workshops, and Lutheran revivals. The ministry of the team happens in a variety of contexts, but not limited to clusters of congregations, synods, seminaries, etc. See more.
Marked with the cross of Christ and sealed by the Spirit, we receive a new identity as followers of Jesus, and the story of Jesus becomes our story. Story matters. The Story Matters Initiative is designed to help congregations articulate their unique missional Identity using the Bible as the framework for finalizing this identity. Once the congregation has chosen a Biblical passage or story that is representative of their missional identity, the congregation becomes intentional about developing discipleship and mission strategies, using their selected Biblical passage or story as the theme for these intentional activities. See more.