Announcements for Week of March 11, 2018

The Close of the Commandments

TwoTabletsWhat does God say about all of these commandments? He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments” (Exodus 20:5-6).

 

Luther on Hebrews

He who fears death or is unwilling to die is not a Christian to a sufficient degree; for those who fear death still lack faith in the resurrection, since they love this life more than they love the life to come. Properly speaking, they are those about whom Ps. 106:24 says: “They despised the pleasant land.” He who does not die willingly should not be called a Christian. Therefore Chrysostom, with reference to this passage, censures those who mourn the dead. He says: “Those who truly deserve to be mourned are those who still fear death and shudder, who still do not believe in the resurrection.” Therefore when such people pray “Thy kingdom come,” they either do not pray at all or they pray against themselves; that is, they mock both God and themselves, and they have been baptized in vain, since, according to what the apostle says in Rom. 6:3–4, as many of us as are baptized into the death of Christ are certainly baptized to accept death quickly and to attain to the image of Christ more quickly. But you might say: “I do not fear death, but I do fear an evil death, because ‘the death of sinners is the worst, and evils shall destroy the unrighteous man’ ” (cf. Ps. 34:22). But he who says this proves clearly that he is deficient in faith in Christ, for he does not believe that Christ is “the Lamb of God who takes away his sins” (cf. John 1:29). For the less firmly this is believed, the more death is feared; and the more firmly it is believed, the more confidently death is despised. For it is true that only the awareness of sin makes death dreadful, because “sin is the sting of death” (1 Cor. 15:56). But only faith in Christ removes the awareness of sin; for “the victory has been given to us through Jesus Christ,” as stated above (cf. 1 Cor. 15:57). For God makes death, judgment, and hell manifest in order to show the power of faith in Christ, so that a Christian may overcome these through faith. For those dreadful things are nothing else than exercises through which faith should become “strong as death and hard as hell” (cf. Song of Sol. 8:6), although they try vigorously with might and violence to separate the heart from trust in Christ. (Luther’s Works Vol 29, 137–138)

 

18-03-11, Lent 4, BA-2018B

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Study: Preparing for the Lord’s Supper

 

Based on Luther’s Small Catechism, “Christian Questions with their Answers”

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Christian Questions with their Answers-in prep for HC

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Announcements for the Week of December 22, 2013

 

The Apostles’ Creed
The Second Article: Redemption
(Explanation)

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord. Who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent  suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.

The Creed-Luther’s Large Catechism

13-12-22, Nativity of Our Lord, BA-2013A

Announcements for the week of July 14, 2013

 

13-07-14, Pentecost 8, BA-2013C

 

“Here (in Psalm 119) you will find three rules (for how to study theology).  They are frequently proposed throughout the Psalm and run thus: Oratio, meditatio, tentatio (Prayer, meditation, trial).”  (Referenced in F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol I, 186)

Announcements for the week of June 9, 2013

 

13-06-09, Pentecost 3, BA-2013C

 

“None of that peace and unity for me by which one loses God’s Word; for then eternal life and everything else would already be lost.  Here I dare not yield or concede anything to please you or any man, but all things must yield to the Word, be they friend or foe.  For it is not given for the sake of external or political unity and peace, but for the sake of eternal life.”  (Luther, quoted in F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol I, 178)

Announcements for the week of April 28, 2013C

13-04-28, Easter 5, BA-2013C

“It is certain that whoever does not rightly believe one article or refuses to accept it (after he has been admonished and instructed), certainly believes none sincerely and in true faith.  And whoever is so presumptuous as to dare to contradict God or call Him a liar in one word [of Scripture],  and does this willfully, persisting in it, though he has been admonished and instructed once or twice, he is ready (and he does it, too) to deny God and accuse Him of lying in all His words.  There are no two ways about it: either all and everything is believed, truly and fully, or nothing is believed.”  (Luther, quoted in F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol I, 147)

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