I will never forget the night my journey to understand the sacraments began. It was 1999 and I was meeting with a small with my Lutheran church. I had recently had a strong personal encounter with Jesus Christ and had begun going to meetings in the Church with a passion and fire to learn and share about Jesus.
Then the leader, Byron, said something unexpected. He stated that we received the grace of God in the sacraments. This shocked and offended me. I was a good Lutheran and I knew that God’s grace was a free gift. The idea that some work, like baptism or communion, could communicate God’s grace to me sounded like “work’s righteousness” and I spoke up challenging Byron. He graciously told me that we could talk about it more after the meeting.