Announcements for the Week of February 9, 2014

 

Freedom of  a Christian

“One little point of doctrine is of more value than heaven and earth; and therefore we cannot abide to have the least jot thereof corrupted.” (Luther, quoted in F. Pieper,  Christian Dogmatics, Vol I, 222)

14-02-09, Epiphany 5, BA-2014A

 

 

 

 

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Announcements for the week of July 21, 2013

 

13-07-21, Pentecost 9, BA-2013C

 

“You should know that Holy Scripture is a book such as will make the wisdom of all other books appear as folly, since no book teaches anything concerning eternal life but his one alone.  Therefore you should straightway despair of your own wit and intellect, for with them you will attain nothing, but by such  arrogance you will cast yourself and others with you from heaven into the abyss of hell, as happened to Lucifer.”  (Luther, quoted in F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol I, 187)

 

 

The Sure Hope Of Heaven, 2 Corinthians 5:1-17

Do all religions lead to heaven?

Speaking of Jesus Christ, Peter the apostle says that there is salvation in no other, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  Jesus Himself says, “Truly truly I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47).  All religions do not lead to heaven because they do not all rightly teach Christ, through whom is the only way to heaven (John 14:6).  Only Christianity teaches that salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  All others base salvation in some way on what we do.  Only the Christian religion points to Christ, and therefore, to heaven.  All others, not rightly preaching Christ, lead to hell.

Hear the Scripture!

Moses and the Prophets are a reference to the Old Testament. These testify of Jesus, the very same Jesus made known in the New Testament. Him you are to hear. And Him you are to believe. This the rich man did not do. And this is what the rich man was afraid his brothers would not do. That’s why he wanted Lazarus to go warn his brothers. He wanted to warn them of what was to come if they continued in their unbelief.

But to the rich man did Abraham say, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them and If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.

Jesus says the same to the Pharisees and Scribes of this day. Jesus did rise from the dead. And if you don’t believe the Scriptures, God’s very Word, so will you remain in that unbelief, for Jesus is risen, Alleluia! And yet you still don’t believe.

But thanks be to God, it is through those same Scriptures that God makes your salvation known—Jesus the Christ. That’s all we have. That’s all we’ve got. But that’s all that we need. Amen.

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Lk 16.19-31, Pentecost 18, 2010C.pdf

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