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Six Chief Parts

Issue 30

The Lutheran's Confession

Helping Lutherans Reclaim Their Witness

The Judge and The Witnesses:

Lutherans are sometimes questioned by other Christians who are offended by the fact that we study, quote, and even commit ourselves to writings such as Luther's Small and Large Catechisms, the Augsburg Confession, and the Formula of Concord. They claim that we are elevating the writings of men to a place of honor that should be held only by God's Word.

In response to this very valid concern, we must first commend our brothers and sisters in Christ who recognize that the Bible is in fact God's inspired word and infallible.

We agree. “We believe, teach, and confess that the only rule and guiding principle according to which all teachings and teachers are to be evaluated and judged are the prophetic and apostolic writings of the Old and New Testament alone...” (Formula of Concord, Summary Epitome, paragraph 1)

In other words, we agree that the Bible is God's Word. It is the ultimate and only judge over everything else that has ever been spoken or written (this authority reaches far beyond the confessional writings of a church and even includes the words of a parent to a child or a political leader to the people that have elected him, or a friend trying to provide comfort to another friend). God's Word is the standard by which every expressed thought is judged good or evil.

But we also recognize that this judge (The Bible) has many good and accurate witnesses. Many Christians have given witness to the truth of God's Word and their witness can be a source of strength for God's people as well as a necessary rebuke and warning for the erring or unbelieving.

We do not put our confidence in the wisdom or literature of men. Instead, we give thanks to God who has revealed his will and his plan of salvation through the Holy Scriptures. We also thank God without a moment’s hesitation for faithful witnesses whose dedication to speaking the truth in love have guarded the faith of believers and searched out the lost for 2000 years.

Theological Leftovers: The Weak Witness

Have you ever been in the presence of a person who was weak and helpless? What did you notice? Weakness highlights the care and the love of those around. The Christian's weakness can highlight the care and love of his heavenly Father.

Learn More

Beginning September 11th, at 10:00 a.m., Pastor Wiist will led a Saturday 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 11- A Simple Explanation of Christian Symbols
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

The Fall Fling Rummage Sale is just around the corner! September 18th!

Voters’ Assembly
September 19th following the 10:30 a.m. service

Men’s Gathering
SEPTEMBER 24-26, 2021
This year’s retreat topic is:

FIRST LOYALTY: LOVE FOR THE NEAREST NEIGHBOR

So often “love” is a club used against Christians for being unloving to some politically favored group of people. What does “love” actually mean in the Bible, and why is the Bible so practical and concrete about our duty of love? We will look at how the Scriptures describe love and how that’s spelled out especially in our homes and in our congregations. We will see how the Scripture’s teaching on love is the polar opposite of the culture’s and the media’s teaching on love. If you are interested in attending the Men’s Gathering this fall at Camp Lakeview, please get in touch with Adam Westrick.


Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

Today's readings are: Proverbs 4:10-23, Galatian 5:16-24, Luke 17:11-19

The Introit is Psalm 84:1-2a, 4, 10b, 11b; antiphon: Psalm84:9-10a

The Collect of the Day
O Lord, keep Your Church with Your perpetual mercy; and because of our frailty we cannot but fall, keep us ever by Your help from all things hurtful and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; 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 5: 2 Kings 2:19–25; 4:1–7; Eph. 4:25–5:14; 6: 2 Kings 4:8–22, 32–37; Eph. 5:15–33; 7: 2 Kings 4:38–5:8; Eph. 6:1–24; 8: 2 Kings 5:9–27; Phil. 1:1–20; 9: 2 Kings 6:1–23; Phil. 1:21–2:11; 10: 2 Kings 9:1–13; 10:18–29; Phil. 2:12–30; 11: 2 Chron. 29:1–24; Phil. 3:1–21

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