“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” -Galatians 3:13
Welcome to Christ for Us. Please feel free to share any sermons, papers, or devotions you find on this website. We encourage you to find a Confessional Lutheran congregation in your area and to attend their services and Bible studies. We hope this website will be a great resource to pastors, seminarians, and laypeople and a tool to spread the Gospel to those unfamiliar with Lutheran theology or burdened by the false religion of works-righteousness.
Christ for Us was started by Rev. Rolf Preus in order to share the good news of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone through sermons, papers, and Bible studies. His sons, who also are pastors in the Lutheran Church, have continued this project of sharing orthodox Lutheran theology with the chief focus on Christ for Us.
Rev. Rolf Preus served as a Lutheran parish pastor from July 1, 1979 to August 9, 2020. For most of his ministry, he recorded his sermons on the radio. Christ for Us is also the name of the fifteen-minute Confessional Lutheran radio broadcast, which airs these sermons. In 1999 he started the Christ for Us website to share his sermons and theological papers. In August of 2020, Rev. Rolf Preus retired and handed the Christ for Us broadcast to his son, Rev. James Preus. Christ for Us is now broadcasted on the radio in North Dakota, Minnesota, and in Ottumwa, IA.
The name, Christ for Us, focuses on the heart of the Gospel and the Christian religion. We recite in the Nicene Creed, “Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven…” Who? Christ. For us the Son of God took on human flesh in order to save us. St. Paul writes in Galatians 3, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” And again, in Ephesians 5, “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” And in Romans 5, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
This is the Gospel in simplest terms. Christ is born for us; he died for us; he is risen for us. He sits at the right hand of God the Father interceding for us (Romans 8:34). The Gospel is the Good News that Jesus saves us. We receive his forgiveness, righteousness, and salvation through faith alone apart from our works (Romans 3:24-28; Ephesians 2:8-9). Too often when someone is asked how a person is saved, the answer focuses on what we must do. But that is not the Gospel. The Gospel focuses on what Christ has done for us. And we believe it and so receive it.
This Gospel is the clear message of Holy Scripture and alone gives a sinner full confidence in his salvation. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) This is why we also subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions, because they are a correct exposition of Holy Scripture. The chief article of the chief document of the Lutheran Confessions is Article IV of the Augsburg Confession:
“Also, they teach that men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merit, or works, but are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor, and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, who, by His death, has made satisfaction for our sins. This faith God imputes for righteousness in His sight. Romans 3 and 4.”
Christ for Us is devoted to this Gospel. It is the greatest treasure we can possess.
Rev. Rolf Preus graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, IN with a Masters of Divinity in 1979. He . . . Learn More
Rev. James Preus graduated from CLTS, St. Catharines, ON with a Masters of Divinity in 2015 . . . Learn More
Rev. Stephen Preus graduated from CTS with a Masters of Divinity in 2011. He was . . . . Learn More
David Rolf Preus was born February 4, 1979 in Fort Wayne, IN. He is the second son of . . . Learn More
Rev. Mark Preus graduated from CTS with a Masters of Divinity in 2008. He earned a Masters of . . . Learn More
Rev. Paul Preus graduated from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS), St. Catharines . . . Learn More
Rev. Dr. Christian Preus graduated from CTS in 2016 was ordained July 29, 2016. He serves at . . . Learn More
Rev. Andrew Preus graduated from CLTS, St. Catharines, ON with a Masters of Divinity . . . Learn More
Rev. John Preus graduated from CTS with a Masters of Divinity in 2011. His . . .