The Law and the Gospel

Text: Matthew 22:34-46 In our Christian Book of Concord, the Lutheran confessors write,  The distinction between the Law and the Gospel is a particularly brilliant light. It serves the purpose of rightly dividing God’s Word and properly explaining and understanding the Scriptures of the holy prophets and apostles. We must guard this distinction with specialContinue reading “The Law and the Gospel”

The Evangelical Character of the Office

 “So that we may obtain this faith, the ministry of teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted.”[1] These few words confess clearly what we believe about the preaching office. It was established so that we may obtain this faith: that men are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe thatContinue reading “The Evangelical Character of the Office”

Bible Study – Formula of Concord II: Free Will

This is for another Bible study. I’ve borrowed this from Formula of Concord II from Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions. There are a couple paraphrases and edits on my part for clarity. II. FREE WILL 1. THE ISSUE After the fall and before receiving the Holy Spirit, what powers in spiritual matters does a person have?Continue reading “Bible Study – Formula of Concord II: Free Will”

Bible Study – Formula of Concord I: Original Sin

This is a Bible study for Sunday morning on original sin. It is taken from the Formula of Concord, Article I as translated in Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions. There is additional editing and a few paraphrases of my own. I. ORIGINAL SIN Is sin part of mankind’s very essence? No, for if it were, GodContinue reading “Bible Study – Formula of Concord I: Original Sin”