Announcements for the week of September 30, 2018

 

“Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20 NKJ)

 

18-09-30, Pentecost 19, BA-2018B

 

 

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Announcements for the Week of June 3, 2018

 

The Smalcald Articles

The second part treats the articles which pertain to the office and work of Jesus Christ, or to our redemption.

Part II, Article IV: Of the Papacy

4] For all  his (the pope’s) bulls and books are extant, in which he roars like a lion (as the angel in Rev. 12 depicts him, [crying out] that no Christian can be saved unless he obeys him and is subject to him in all things that he wishes, that he says, and that he does. All of which amounts to nothing less than saying: Although you believe in Christ, and have in Him [alone] everything that is necessary to salvation, yet it is nothing and all in vain unless you regard [have and worship] me as your god, and be subject and obedient to me. And yet it is manifest that the holy Church has been without the Pope for at least more than five hundred years, and that even to the present day the churches of the Greeks and of many other languages neither have been nor are yet under the Pope. 5] Besides, as often remarked, it is a human figment which is not commanded, and is unnecessary and useless; for the holy Christian [or catholic] Church can exist very well without such a head, and it would certainly have remained better [purer, and its career would have been more prosperous] if such a head had not been raised up by the devil. 6] And the Papacy is also of no use in the Church, because it exercises no Christian office; and therefore it is necessary for the Church to continue and to exist without the Pope.

 

18-06-03, Pentecost 2, BA-2018B

 

Announcements for the Week of May 27, 2018

The Augsburg Confession

 

Chief Articles of Faith

 

Article I: Of God.

1] Our Churches, with common consent, do teach that the decree of the Council of Nicaea concerning the Unity of the Divine Essence and concerning the Three Persons, is true and to be believed without any doubting; 2] that is to say, there is one Divine Essence which is called and which is God: eternal, without body, without parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the Maker and Preserver of all things, visible and invisible; and 3] yet there are three Persons, of the same essence and power, who also are coeternal, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. And the term “person” 4] they use as the Fathers have used it, to signify, not a part or quality in another, but that which subsists of itself.

5] They condemn all heresies which have sprung up against this article, as the Manichaeans, who assumed two principles, one Good and the other Evil: also the Valentinians, Arians, Eunomians, Mohammedans, and all such. 6] They condemn also the Samosatenes, old and new, who, contending that there is but one Person, sophistically and impiously argue that the Word and the Holy Ghost are not distinct Persons, but that “Word” signifies a spoken word, and “Spirit” signifies motion created in things.

 

18-05-27, Trinity Sunday, BA-2018B

 

 

Announcements for the Week of May 20, 2018

Luther’s Large Catechism

The Apostles’ Creed, 3rd Article

35] This article (as I have said) I cannot relate better than to Sanctification, that through the same the Holy Ghost, with His office, is declared and depicted, namely, that He makes holy. Therefore we must take our stand upon the word Holy Ghost, because it is so precise and comprehensive that we cannot find another. 36] For there are, besides, many kinds of spirits mentioned in the Holy Scriptures, as, the spirit of man, heavenly spirits, and evil spirits. But the Spirit of God alone is called Holy Ghost, that is, He who has sanctified and still sanctifies us. For as the Father is called Creator, the Son Redeemer, so the Holy Ghost, from His work, must be called Sanctifier, or One that makes holy. 37] But how is such sanctifying done? Answer: Just as the Son obtains dominion, whereby He wins us, through His birth, death, resurrection, etc., so also the Holy Ghost effects our sanctification by the following parts, namely, by the communion of saints or the Christian Church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting; that is, He first leads us into His holy congregation, and places us in the bosom of the Church, whereby He preaches to us and brings us to Christ.

38] For neither you nor I could ever know anything of Christ, or believe on Him, and obtain Him for our Lord, unless it were offered to us and granted to our hearts by the Holy Ghost through the preaching of the Gospel. The work is done and accomplished; for Christ has acquired and gained the treasure for us by His suffering, death, resurrection, etc. But if the work remained concealed so that no one knew of it, then it would be in vain and lost. That this treasure, therefore, might not lie buried, but be appropriated and enjoyed, God has caused the Word to go forth and be proclaimed, in which He gives the Holy Ghost to bring this treasure home and appropriate it to us. 39] Therefore sanctifying is nothing else than bringing us to Christ to receive this good, to which we could not attain of ourselves. (35-39)Catechesis

 

18-05-20, Pentecost, BA-2018B

 

 

 

Announcements for the week of April 26, 2015

APOLOGY

ARTICLE XV. HUMAN TRADITIONS IN THE CHURCH

With regard to the mortifying of the body and the discipline of the flesh we teach exactly what we said in the Confession,  that the cross and the troubles with which God disciplines us effect a genuine and not a counterfeit mortification. When this comes, we must obey God’s will, as Paul says (Rom. 12:1), “Present your bodies as a sacrifice.”

This is the spiritual exercise of fear and faith. Besides this mortification brought on by the cross, a voluntary kind of exercise is also necessary. Of this Christ says (Luke 21:34), “Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation,” and Paul says (1 Cor. 9:27), “I pommel my body and subdue it.”

We should undertake these exercises not as services that justify but as restraints on our flesh, lest we be overcome by satiety and become complacent and idle with the result that we indulge and pamper the desires of our flesh. In this we must be diligent at all times because God commands it at all times. (45-47)

15-04-26, Easter 4, BA-2015B

Announcements for the week of April 19, 2015

Bible-Absolute Truth

“The Apostle Paul declares (1 Tim. 6:3) that all error in doctrine can be traced to the refusal of the teacher to continue in the wholesome words of Christ.”  (F. Pieper,  Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 323)

15-04-19, Easter 3, BA-2015B

Announcements for the week of March 8, 2015

 

2Timothy3.16

   “If we read the Bible as diligently as we read the newspaper (or magazine, internet, etc.), it would be clearer to us than the newspaper is, since the language of the Bible is the simpler of the two.” (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 320)

15-03-08, Lent 3, BA-2015B

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