Announcements for the Week of January 13, 2019

The Large Catechism

(Luther)

Holy Baptism

19JesusBaptism3] Therefore we always teach that the Sacraments and all external things which God ordains and institutes should not be regarded according to the coarse, external mask, as we regard the shell of a nut, but as the Word of God is included therein. 20] For thus we also speak of the parental estate and of civil government. If we propose to regard them in as far as they have noses, eyes, skin, and hair, flesh and bones, they look like Turks and heathen, and some one might start up and say: Why should I esteem them more than others? But because the commandment is added: Honor thy father and thy mother, I behold a different man, adorned and clothed with the majesty and glory of God. The commandment (I say) is the chain of gold about his neck, yea, the crown upon his head, which shows to me how and why one must honor this flesh and blood.

21] Thus, and much more even, you must honor Baptism and esteem it glorious on account of the Word, since He Himself has honored it both by words and deeds; moreover, confirmed it with miracles from heaven. For do you think it was a jest that, when Christ was baptized, the heavens were opened and the Holy Ghost descended visibly, and everything was divine glory and majesty?

 

19-01-13, Baptism Our Lord , BA-2019C

 

 

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What do Lutherans believe about the Lord’s Supper?

The Lord’s Supper, a sacrament, is Christ’s very body and blood, “under the bread and wine,” given and shed for the forgiveness of sins (Matt. 26:26-28; Mk. 14:22-24; Lk. 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-26).  It is a “means of grace,” through which God gives “forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.”

Though it is a gift, it can be take to one’s judgment (1 Cor. 11:27-29).  Out of love for the Lord and His Word and concern and for those who partake of the Lord’s Supper, Lutheran’s practice close(d) communion, communing only with those who hold the same confession of faith, for the Lord’s Supper is also an expression of the unity in doctrine (faith) confessed at the altar.

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