LIVE Among God's Faithful People

As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:27-28 NRSV) They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers...Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. (Acts 2:42, 46-47 NRSV)

Baptismal Covenant...their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints-and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us...(II Corinthians 8:2-5 NRSV)

Living in community as God's faithful people is a gift of love, and an invitation to serve in mission. We are chosen not for position or privilege, but to live as faithful witnesses to the Good News of Jesus Christ. In our baptism we were made children of God and members of the body of Christ, the church. God's message of hope and reconciliation strengthens us in our faith walk. Our life in Christian community supports us as we experience the joys and struggles of life. In our walk we are encouraged to equally embrace all differences and celebrate the diversity of gifts that can strengthen us.

As we live among God's faithful people we:
  • Read and study God's Word
  • Celebrate God's presence in our lives through regular participation in worship
  • Receive gratefully God's blessings and return a portion of God's abundance through our giving
  • Live a new life in Christ by caring for and encouraging others
  • Pray daily for each other, our communities and all of creation as we move into God's future
  • Renew daily a connection with baptism by making the sign of the cross on your forehead

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Baptismal Covenant


The liturgy for the Affirmation of Baptism describes the faith practices that grow out of our baptism (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 236).

We are to “...live among God’s faithful people; hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper; proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed; serve all people following the example of Jesus; and strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”

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Resources


Resources for the Faith Practice: Live Among God's Faithful People. Use the resources below for help and additional information.

Book of Faith Website
www.bookoffaith.org

Book: An Altar in the World
Brown-Taylor, An Altar in the World, Harper Collins, 2009.

Enter the Bible Web Site
www.enterthebible.org

Text Week Web Site
www.textweek.com

Unbinding the Gospel
www.gracenet.info

Working Preacher Web Site
www.workingpreacher.org

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