Acts, Lesson 12: Gentiles in the Church; the Gift of Prophecy

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Peter and the Jewish Christians with him saw God giving the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles. That means that they were full-fledged members of Christ’s Church, the same as the ethnic Jews who believed in Jesus as the Messiah. But growth and change do not always take place smoothly and without incident, which our study […]

Augsburg Confession, Article 28: The Authority of Bishops

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Article 28 would take up about 6 pages if printed out in full. Since we are limited to an hour, your pastor has sorted out AC 28’s teachings into different categories.    AC XXVIII: Church Authority Article 28 delves into many areas dealing with Church authority.   Two Kingdoms: Church and State There has been […]

St. Bartholomew’s Day Sermon

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Two weeks ago, Dori Beecham became a member of our congregation. In that rite of membership, I asked her several questions. One such question was, “Do you intend to continue steadfast in this confession and Church and to suffer all, even death, rather than fall away from it?” To this, Dori answered, “I do so […]

Acts, Lesson 11: Peter and Cornelius

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Peter had raised Tabitha from the dead and stayed near where Tabitha lived. While in Joppa, Peter stayed with a tanner. It’s now that we hear the Church spreading to full-blown Gentiles (as opposed to Samaritans, which were a Semitic people with some Jewish ancestry).  In this chapter of Acts, we see a new period […]

Making a Faithful Confession

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Instead of an article that I normally write, I put in its place an article written by Pr. Matthew Harrison, assistant pastor at Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Missouri and also Synod President of the LC-MS. This is a short article that he wrote about what we can do concerning the specific and targeted Christian […]

New Adult Sunday School Class Starting in September

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Beginning in the first Sunday of September, the adult Sunday School will focus on specific questions that some have had about the Christian faith or parts of Lutheranism that may seem weird. These lessons will be from questions that some have asked, and will ask (we’ll get to the “will ask” part in a moment). […]

Matthew 15:21-28: Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table

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In the Old Covenant, God called Israel to be a separate and holy people. They were not to intermarry with others, so the false gods and religions of their neighbors would not incline them toward idolatry. All of this had a purpose: It was to keep Israel as a distinct people through whom the Messiah, […]

Acts, Lesson 10: Paul and Peter

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Last week, Luke told us of Saul’s conversion to “the Way,” that He had become a follower of Christ. Even more, Jesus had called him to be His Apostle to the “Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel.” We now find out what happened after Saul was baptized.   The Story of Saul Continues Read Acts […]

Augsburg Confession, Articles 26-27: Compulsory Fasting and Monastic Vows

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These articles are too long for a one-hour class, if we were to read through them in their entirety. Because these topics do not loom large in the Church today, we will have an overview of these articles.   AC XXVI: The Distinction of Foods  Johann Eck, was the main Roman-Catholic theologian who spoke against […]

Augsburg Confession, Article 25: Confession

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The Augsburg Confession earlier covered the topic of Confession in Article 11. However, in Article 11, the focus was on absolution, not on confession itself. The purpose of this article was to show how highly Lutherans value Private Confession.   This article also explains the abuses that the Lutheran churches have eliminated from the practice of […]