Announcements for the Week of November 6, 2016

Luther’s LARGE CATECHISM, the 3RD ARTICLE


faith551 This is the sum and substance of this phrase: I believe that there is on earth a little holy flock or community of pure saints under one head, Christ. It is called together by the Holy Spirit in one faith, mind, and understanding. It possesses a variety of gifts, yet is united in love without sect or schism. 52 Of this community I also am a part and member, a participant and co-partner in all the blessings it possesses. I was brought to it by the Holy Spirit and incorporated into it through the fact that I have heard and still hear God’s Word, which is the first step in entering it. Before we had advanced this far, we were entirely of the devil, knowing nothing of God and of Christ. 53 Until the last day the Holy Spirit remains with the holy community or Christian people. Through it he gathers us, using it to teach and preach the Word. By it he creates and increases sanctification, causing it daily to grow and become strong in the faith and in the fruits of the Spirit.


54 Further we believe that in this Christian church we have the forgiveness of sins, which is granted through the holy sacraments and absolution as well as through all the comforting words of the entire Gospel. Toward forgiveness is directed everything that is to be preached concerning the sacraments and, in short, the entire Gospel and all the duties of Christianity. Forgiveness is needed constantly, for although God’s grace has been won by Christ, and holiness has been wrought by the Holy Spirit through God’s Word in the unity of the Christian church, yet because we are encumbered with our flesh we are never without sin. (51-54) [The Book of Concord]

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Announcements for the Week of October 30

THE APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION ARTICLE IV. JUSTIFICATION


“The service and worship of the Gospel is to receive good things from God, while the worship of the law is to offer and present our goods to God. We cannot offer anything to God unless we have first been reconciled and reborn. The greatest possible comfort comes from this doctrine that the highest worship in the Gospel is the desire to receive forgiveness of sins, grace, and righteousness. About this worship Christ speaks in Christ 6:40 , “ This is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life.And the Father says ( Matt. 17:5 ), “ This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”(¶310)

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It’s good to be in church!

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

 

From Luther’s Large Catechism, The 3rd Article

 

Concordia-TheLutheranConfessionsI believe…in the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints… 51 This is the sum and substance of this phrase: I believe that there is on earth a little holy flock or community of pure saints under one head, Christ. It is called together by the Holy Spirit in one faith, mind, and understanding. It possesses a variety of gifts, yet is united in love without sect or schism. 52 Of this community I also am a part and member, a participant and co-partner2 in all the blessings it possesses. I was brought to it by the Holy Spirit and incorporated into it through the fact that I have heard and still hear God’s Word, which is the first step in entering it. Before we had advanced this far, we were entirely of the devil, knowing nothing of God and of Christ. 53 Until the last day the Holy Spirit remains with the holy community or Christian people. Through it he gathers us, using it to teach and preach the Word. By it he creates and increases sanctification, causing it daily to grow and become strong in the faith and in the fruits of the Spirit.

54 Further we believe that in this Christian church we have the forgiveness of sins, which is granted through the holy sacraments and absolution as well as through all the comforting words of the entire Gospel. Toward forgiveness is directed everything that is to be preached concerning the sacraments and, in short, the entire Gospel and all the duties of Christianity. Forgiveness is needed constantly, for although God’s grace has been won by Christ, and holiness has been wrought by the Holy Spirit through God’s Word in the unity of the Christian church, yet because we are encumbered with our flesh we are never without sin.

55 Therefore everything in the Christian church is so ordered that we may daily obtain full forgiveness of sins through the Word and through signs appointed to comfort and revive our consciences as long as we live. Although we have sin, the Holy Spirit sees to it that it does not harm us because we are in the Christian church, where there is full forgiveness of sin. God forgives us, and we forgive, bear with, and aid one another.

56 But outside the Christian church (that is, where the Gospel is not) there is no forgiveness, and hence no holiness. Therefore, all who seek to merit holiness through their works rather than through the Gospel and the forgiveness of sin have expelled and separated themselves from the church.

57 Meanwhile, since holiness has begun and is growing daily, we await the time when our flesh will be put to death, will be buried with all its uncleanness, and will come forth gloriously and arise to complete and perfect holiness in a new, eternal life. 58 Now we are only halfway pure and holy. The Holy Spirit must continue to work in us through the Word, daily granting forgiveness until we attain to that life where there will be no more forgiveness. In that life are only perfectly pure and holy people, full of goodness and righteousness, completely freed from sin, death, and all evil, living in new, immortal and glorified bodies.

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Listen to the sermon on John 2, Jesus changing water into wine…

Luther’s Large Catechism

6th Commandment

Cross-rings206 Inasmuch as this commandment is concerned specifically with the estate of marriage and gives occasion to speak of it, let us carefully note, first, how highly God honors and glorifies the married life, sanctioning and protecting it by his commandment. He sanctioned it above in the fourth commandment, “You shall honor father and mother; but here, as I said, he has secured it and protected it. 207 Therefore he also wishes us to honor, maintain, and cherish it as a divine and blessed estate. Significantly he established it as the first of all institutions, and he created man and woman differently (as is evident) not for lewdness but to be true to each other, be fruitful, beget children, and support and bring them up to the glory of God.

208 God has therefore most richly blessed this estate above all others and, in addition, has supplied and endowed it with everything in the world in order that this estate might be provided for richly and adequately. Married life is no matter for jest or idle curiosity, but it is a glorious institution and an object of God’s serious concern.

For the sermon, click link to the right, “Sermons on YouTube”

Announcements for the Week of January 17, 2016

 

 

“The natural knowledge of God cannot deliver us form an evil conscience.  The Christian knowledge of God, however, calms the troubled conscience” (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 378).

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How To Live a Christian Life, 2nd ed–Lutheran Press

 

 

 

 

Announcements for the week of April 27, 2014

 

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“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

 

 

 

 

We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).  This means that we live according to God’s Word and not according to experience, according to what we see, or according to what we feel.  Rather, we live by the Word of the Lord, confirmed by Christ’s resurrection, for this alone is life (John 6:63).

 

“Man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew/Luke 4:4).

 

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He is risen, as He said; Announcements for the week of April 20, 2014

Jesus.EmptyTomb.John11      “Christ is risen, as He said!” (Matthew 28:6).

 

In the Name of Jesus!  Amen.

 

 

God’s people rejoice that Christ is risen, just as He said.  Christ’s resurrection means that death is not the last word on our Lord, nor on us.  On the Easter Sunday, Jesus rose bodily from the dead, which means that death didn’t “win.”  Christ did.  His resurrection means that death “loses,” for Christ is victorious.  Death is defeated.  “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25).

Though we still encounter suffering and even death, Romans 6:23, we are not without hope (Romans 5:1-5, 1 Thessalonians 4:13ff).  Christ, by means of His own death, conquered sin, death, and hell.  And by means of His resurrection proclaims His victory over these and the Father’s acceptance of His Son’s sacrifice for the many (Matthew 20:28).  These, in turn, mean that the death and decay of our own bodies are not our end.  The resurrection unto life is also our hope, for Christ’s resurrection is our sure hope that our faith is not futile and that we are no longer in our sin (1 Corinthians 15).

Therefore, walk and live in this hope of Christ.  Believe, as the angel had declared and as our Lord had promised, for as Jesus said, so it is.  Amen.

This week:

Wednesday, 6:30pm-8pm: Study of the Christian Faith @ ALC—The Office of the Holy Ministry (Women Pastors?) and The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Friday, 1pm: On-campus Bible Study on the Old Testament book of Genesis (Ch3-Adam, Eve, and the Fall)

Sunday, 9am: Divine Service of the Word

            10:30am: Study, “Christian Questions and their Answers” (Luther’s Small Catechism)

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