Six Chief Parts

Issue 33

The Lutheran's Confession

Helping Lutherans Reclaim Their Confession

God made the biggest decision of your life:
When speaking to a fellow believer about their faith in Jesus Christ it usually doesn't take very long before that person describes a moment in their life when they made a decision to follow Jesus and to make him Lord of their life. A common question asked by many Christians is, “When were you saved?'

Lutherans can sometimes really irritate their brothers and sisters in Christ when this conversation comes up because we answer by saying things like: “I didn't choose Jesus. He chose me,``''Jesus is Lord of my life whether or not I want him to be,” and “I was saved 2000 years ago when Christ died on the cross.”

It does kind of sound like we are trying to be argumentative and sarcastic but really we are just trying to point out one of the most significant differences between Lutheranism and most of the rest of Christianity. This difference becomes obvious when we ask the question, “What kind of powers do human beings have after the fall of our first parents, before rebirth, on their own, in spiritual matters?” (Formula of Concord, Art. II, paragraph 1)

Do we have the power to “accept Christ?” The Scriptures clearly point to the fact that our “human reason and understanding are blind in spiritual matters and understand nothing on the basis of their own powers.” (paragraph 2) “Likewise, we believe, teach, and confess that the unregenerate human will is not only turned away from God but has also become God's enemy.” (paragraph 3)

Lutherans really aren't trying to be irritating but the only conversation we are really interested in having is about Christ.
We deny
“the free will its powers and ascribe everything to God's grace.” (paragraph 6)

In a future essay we will discuss the means through which we receive this grace and how the Holy Spirit affects conversion.

September 25th, 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.
If no booklets are picked up there will be no class.
September 25 - A Simple Explanation of the Bible
October 2 - A Simple Explanation of Christian Denominations
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 A Biblical Response to Divorce
November 6 - A Biblical Response to Abortion
November 13 - A Biblical Response to Suicide

(Photo by Duncan Kidd on Unsplash)

Voter’s Assembly
Sunday, September 19th, immediately following
the 10:30 service.

Theological Leftovers:
Idols & Anxiety

What do we fix our eyes upon and what is its relationship to our anxiety?

Watch Here

The Lutheran Witness: The Cross…

Clicking the link below will take you to an article from the Lutheran Witness titled, “The Cross, the Crucifix and Other Crosses” .
It is a nice follow up to our Saturday class on “A Simple Explanation of Christian Symbols”

The Cross, the Crucifix and Other Crosses

You can find more of Edward Riojas’ articles on Christian Symbols below.

Edward Riojas
Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Today's readings are: 1 Kings 17:17–24, Psalm 30, Ephesians 3:13–21, Luke 7:11-17

The Introit is Psalm 86:1, 7, 12–13; antiphon: Psalm 86:3,5

The Collect of the Day
O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may continually be given to all good works; 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:
September 19: Neh. 2:11–20; 4:1–6; 1 Tim. 2:1–15; 20: Neh. 4:7–23; 1 Tim. 3:1–16; 21: Neh. 5:1–16; 6:1–9, 15–16; 1 Tim. 4:1–16; 22: Neh. 7:1–4; 8:1–18; 1 Tim. 5:1–16; 23: Neh. 9:1–21; 1 Tim. 5:17–6:2; 24: Neh. 9:22–38; 1 Tim. 6:3–21; 25: Mal. 1:1–14; Matt. 3:1–17.

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