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February 3, 2013 - Sexagesuima

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Luke 8:4-16 for the Sexagesuima, February 3, 2013.

It is from Large Catechism, Part II. Apostles' Creed.

God plants His Holy Christian Church in the "good soil", where the Baptized are continuously "hearing the Word" that cultivates their faith to bear the fruit of good works.

The attached reading is formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Kurt Hering
Layton, Utah

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDSEXAGESUIMA
LARGE CATECHISMARTICLE III. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

47] The Creed calls the "holy Christian Church" a "communion of saints." Both expressions, taken together, are identical. …

48] … So the word Church really means nothing other than a common gathering… Therefore … it ought to be called "a Christian congregation or gathering" or, best of all and most clearly, "holy Christendom."

49] So also the word "communion," … is nothing else than an interpretation or explanation by which someone meant to show what the Christian Church is.… To speak [correctly]…. it ought to be "a congregation of saints"; that is, a congregation made up purely of saints, or, to speak yet more plainly, "a holy congregation." …

51] … this is the meaning and substance of this addition: I believe that there is upon earth a little holy group and congregation of pure saints, under one head, even Christ (Ephesians 1:22). This group is called together by the Holy Spirit in one faith, one mind, and understanding, with many different gifts, yet agreeing in love, without sects or schisms (Ephesians 4:5-8, 11). 52] I am also a part and member of this same group, a sharer and joint owner of all the goods it possesses (Romans 8:17). I am brought to it and incorporated into it by the Holy Spirit through having heard and continuing to hear God's Word (Galatians 3:1-2), which is the beginning of entering it. In the past, before we had attained to this, we were altogether of the devil, knowing nothing about God and about Christ (Romans 3:1012). 53] So, until the Last Day, the Holy Spirit abides with the holy congregation or Christendom (John 14:17). Through this congregation He brings us to Christ and He teaches and preaches to us the Word (John 14:26). By the Word He works and promotes sanctification, causing this congregation daily to grow and to become strong in the faith and its fruit, which He produces (Galatians 45)..

54] We further believe that in this Christian Church we have forgiveness of sin….

55] Everything, therefore, in the Christian Church is ordered toward this goal: we shall daily receive in the Church nothing but … continuous, uninterrupted forgiveness of sin. This is because God forgives us and because we forgive, bear with, and help one another (Galatains 6:1-2).



Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.


Lord grant you faith in His grace alone
for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen



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