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

 

 

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).

 

14-04-27, Easter 2, BA-2014A

 

 

Announcements for the Week of January 12, 2014

 

The Third Article: Sanctification (Explanation)

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.

14-01-12, Baptism of Our Lord, BA-2014A

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