We are saved by God’s grace alone. by doing good works, believing the right things of behaving in a certain way.
Humans cannot save themselves.
Indeed we are not even able to to participate in our salvation, because humans are and will always be sinful. Sinfulness is part of the human condition we cannot escape. We completely rely on God in Christ to be graceful and save us even though we do not deserve it.
God’s grace is a free gift
God’s unconditional love for us is the reason for God’s free gift of grace. Grace frees the Christian from all worries about salvation. It frees us up to do God’s work with our hands in this world. We are called to pour the love we receive from God back into the world again and to become Agents of God’s grace.
Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA, 1/15/2016.