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Issue 35

The Lutheran's Confession

Helping Lutherans Reclaim Their Witness

Our faith in Christ has a constant companion!

When a Lutheran says, “Good works must be completely excluded from any question of salvation...” (Formula of Concord, Article IV, paragraph 2) there are many who would be quick to point to James 2 where it says, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (vs. 17).

We are certainly not going to argue with the Scriptures. We do believe that “faith is never alone but is always accompanied by love and hope” (Article III, p 11) We believe “that good works follow from true faith (when it is not a dead faith but a living faith), as certainly and without doubt as fruit from a good tree.” (Article. IV, p. 6)

We certainly do not dismiss or in any way try to “skirt around” the doctrine of good works. Instead, we understand it in the same way “as the Lord Christ and his apostles themselves explain it, that is, regarding the liberated spirit, which acts not out of fear of punishment, like a slave, but out of the love of righteousness, as children...” (paragraph 12).

What good news it is for us that we do not need to win God's favor! How wonderful that we do not need to spend one ounce of energy worrying about our own survival but we can devote our full energy and resources in giving thanks to God and in loving our neighbor as we are being so perfectly loved.

Rev David Wiist

October 9nd, at 10:00 a.m., will be our next Saturday morning class.
Each class is based on a series of booklets put out by CPH. Please sign up to get a copy of the booklet in the common’s room, that you may be prepared for the class.


October 9 -A Simple Explanation of World Religions
October 18 - A Biblical Response to Transgenderism
October 23 - A Biblical Response to Homosexuality
October 30 - A Biblical Response to Divorce
November 6 - A Biblical Response to Abortion
November 13 - A Biblical Response to Suicide

Theological Leftovers

Head over to our website and check out Talking Together: The Class. This is a compilation of principles that have been developed after three years of study and twelve months of podcasts. I hope that you find it helpful.

Talking Together: The Class
Sermon for the 18th Sunday after Trinity

Today's readings are: Deuteronomy 10:12–21, Psalm 2,1 Corinthians 1:4–9, Matthew 22:34–46

The Introit is Psalm 122:1, 6, 8–9; antiphon: Liturgical Text

The Collect of the Day
O God, because without You we are not able to please You, mercifully grant that Your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The daily readings for this week are:
October 3: Deut. 4:1–20; Matt. 7:13–29; 4: Deut. 4:21–40; Matt. 8:1–17; 5: Deut. 5:1–21; Matt. 8:18–34; 6: Deut. 5:22–6:9; Matt. 9:1–17; 7: Deut. 6:10–25; Matt. 9:18–38; 8: Deut. 7:1–19; Matt. 10:1–23; 9: Deut. 8:1–20; Matt. 10:24–42.

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