Announcements for the week of October 14, 2018

 

“They have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Rom. 10:2-4 NKJ)

The righteousness of God in Christ is our sufficiency.  Our righteousness is not.

 

18-10-14, Pentecost 22, BA-2018B

 

 

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Announcements for the week of September 23, 2018

 

The Smalcald Articles, Part III. Of Repentance

Of the False Repentance of the Papists

19] As regards confession, the procedure was this: Every one had [was enjoined] to enumerate all his sins (which is an impossible thing). This was a great torment. From such as he had forgotten [But if any one had forgotten some sins] he would be absolved on the condition that, if they would occur to him, he must still confess them. In this way he could never know whether he had made a sufficiently pure confession [perfectly and correctly], or when confessing would ever have an end. Yet he was pointed to his own works, and comforted thus: The more fully [sincerely and frankly] one confesses, and the more he humiliates himself and debases himself before the priest, the sooner and better he renders satisfaction for his sins; for such humility certainly would earn grace before God.

20] Here, too, there was no faith nor Christ, and the virtue of the absolution was not declared to him, but upon his enumeration of sins and his self-abasement depended his consolation. What torture, rascality, and idolatry such confession has produced is more than can be related.

21] As to satisfaction, this is by far the most involved [perplexing] part of all. For no man could know how much to render for a single sin, not to say how much for all. Here they have resorted to the device of imposing a small satisfaction, which could indeed be rendered, as five Paternosters, a day’s fast, etc.; for the rest [that was lacking] of the [in their] repentance they were directed to purgatory.

22] Here, too, there was nothing but anguish and [extreme] misery. [For] some thought that they would never get out of purgatory, because, according to the old canons, seven years’ repentance is required for a single mortal sin. 23] Nevertheless, confidence was placed upon our work of satisfaction, and if the satisfaction could have been perfect, confidence would have been placed in it entirely, and neither faith nor Christ would have been of use. But this confidence was impossible. For, although any one had done penance in that way for a hundred years, he would still not have known whether he had finished his penance. That meant forever to do penance and never to come to repentance. (19-22)

 

18-09-23, Pentecost 18, BA-2018B

 

 

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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Announcements for the week of January 24, 2016

 

I-Believe“When the Christian confesses, ‘I believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,’ he is saying, ‘I believe in that God who is gracious to me, a sinner.’” (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 378).

 

16-01-24, Epiphany 3, BA-2016C

 

 

Announcements for the week of April 12, 2015

 

 

“God gods-word-is-the-bible1has so constituted Holy Scripture that one cannot err in the Christian doctrine as  long as one continues in simple faith in His Word.”  (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 323)

 

 

 

15-04-12, Easter 2, BA-2015B

 

 

 

Announcements for the week of February 15, 2015

ARTICLE XV.  HUMAN TRADITIONS IN THE  CHURCH

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We have previously shown at length that men are justified by the faith that they have a gracious God not because of works but freely for Christ’s sake. This is definitely the teaching of the Gospel, for Paul clearly teaches (Eph. 2:8), “By grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God” and not of men. They say that men merit the forgiveness of sins by these human observances. What is this but to set up another justifier and mediator instead of Christ? Paul says to the Galatians (5:4), “You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law.” That is, if by the observance of the law you think you deserve to be accounted righteous before God, then Christ is of no use to you, for why does anyone need Christ if he believes he is righteous by his own observance of the law?  God has appointed Christ as the mediator; he wants to be gracious to us through him, not through our own righteousness. These men believe that God is reconciled and gracious because of the traditions and not because of Christ. Thus they rob Christ of his honor as the mediator. (¶6-9)

15-02-15, Transfiguration, BA-2015B

Announcements for the week of September 7, 2014

 

 

Pieper's "Christian Dogmatics" Vol 1

“Only after the Holy Ghost has entered (a man’s) heart by faith in the forgiveness of sins does he know that the Scriptures are God’s Word, the voice of the Good Shepherd; in other words, only then does he have the Christian certainty, the fides divina (divine faith), the testimonium internum Spiritus Sancti (internal testimony of the Holy Spirit) as to the divinity of the Holy Scriptures
(John 8:37, 43, 47).” (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, p311).

 

 

 

14-09-07, Pentecost 13, BA-2014A

 

 

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