A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD - 3 YEAR SERIES PENTECOST 6, PROPER 8, SERIES C APOLOGY ARTICLE XXIV, THE MASS This heresy is that the Mass justifies by the outward act, that when applied it merits the pardon of guilt and punishment even for the unjust if they do not present an obstacle. We object to these deadly errors, which divert people from the glory of Christ's passion and overthrow the doctrine about the righteousness of faith. In the [Old Testament], the godless believed they merited the forgiveness of sins, not through faith, but through sacrifices. They increased these services and sacrifices, set up the worship of Baal in Israel, and even sacrificed in the groves in Judah. Therefore, the prophets condemn this belief and war against not only the worshipers of Baal, but also other priests who made sacrifices ordained by God with this godless belief [1 Kings 18:1-40]. Carnal people cannot tolerate that the honor of an atoning sacrifice belongs solely to Christ's sacrifice because they do not understand the righteousness of faith. The godless priests in Judah held a false belief about such sacrifices; Baal worship even continued in Israel. Nevertheless, a Church of God was there that objected to these godless services [1 Kings 19:18]. Baal worship remains in the realm of the pope: the abuse of the Mass. They think they can merit the pardon of guilt and punishment for the unrighteous. All who believe the Gospel should condemn these wicked services. (paragraphs 96-98) Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of Concordia, visit http://bocl.org/concordia or call 800-325-3040 View online at http://lcmssermons.com/boc.php?d=2013-06-30
One of the many blessings of our times is the availability of online resources. One which was made known to me about a year ago is a Bible Commentary by respected Lutheran Theologian, Paul E. Kretzmann. The first volume of this four volume set was published in 1921, with the last coming out in 1924. Thanks to the efforts of some dedicated volunteers, this commentary is now available online at this url:
There is a brief history of the work on the home page, I encourage all to read and use this resource.
Here is the lectionary summary, as published by the LCMS, for this coming Sunday:
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
(9 June 2013)
1 Kings 17:17–24
Jesus Raises Us from Death to Life
St. Paul’s apostolic office was not a self-chosen pursuit, but a divine call to preach the Son of God “among the Gentiles” (Gal. 1:15–16). What he preached was “not man’s gospel” (Gal. 1:11), but the revelation of Christ Jesus. The Old Testament prophets also preached the same Lord Jesus in many and various ways. Though death is a harsh reminder of sin (1 Kings 17:18), Elijah’s raising of the widow’s son confirmed that the Word of the Lord is truth (1 Kings 17:24). It pointed forward to the death and resurrection of Christ. So also, when Jesus raised the widow’s son at Nain, He anticipated His own Resurrection. Just as “He came up and touched the bier” (Luke 7:14), so He takes our sin and death upon Himself in order to atone for our sin and destroy our death by His cross and Passion.
This article explains why it is so very important to bring our children to church, and to have them sit with us, and not in a nursery somewhere.
Among the benefits of being a member congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, is that we have some a mazing resources to use in our church life. One of those resources is shown below. Today’s post is a summary of the lessons set for this coming Sunday, which is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. These summaries are written for our education and growth as God’s children. I use them because they are written by men who are far more experienced and far better writers than I.
I pray that these short blurbs are beneficial to all.
Revelation 21:9–14, 21–27
John 16:23–33 or John 5:1–9
We Pray to the Father in Jesus’ Name
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus has opened the way to the Father, so that “whatever you ask of the Father” in Jesus’ name, “he will give it to you” (John 16:23). We pray, therefore, in the confidence that we will be heard and answered, that our “joy may be full” (John 16:24). We pray because the Gospel has been preached to us, and the Lord has opened our hearts to believe the Gospel (Acts 16:10, 14). We pray in the name of Jesus because we have been baptized into Him, as Lydia and her household were baptized (Acts 16:15). We have been healed, and we live and walk and pray in newness of life (John 5:8–9). For we stand upon the firm foundation “of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:14), and our temple is “the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb” (Rev. 21:22).
I have ignored this blog for over a year. I can give no good reason other than that I have been remiss.
It is my goal to post here at least once a week. We shall see how that shakes out.
What our children’s Sunday School class lacks in size, they more than make up for in zeal and faithfulness. This morning before the service, they gave a brief presentation on their lesson, which had been based on the Old Testament Lesson for the First Sunday in Lent.
The presentation only took a couple of minutes, but did a wonderful job of portraying Abraham’s faithfulness and obedience when he was asked to sacrifice his son.(Genesis 22:1-18) Thank you kids!