A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series August 3, 2014 - Seventh Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Mark 8:1-9 for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, August 3, 2014.
It is from Augsburg Confession, Article V.
In His miraculous feeding of the four thousand, Jesus, out of compassion for the crowd gathered to hear Him, called His disciples and sent them out to feed the people with the bread He blessed and broke. In His compassion for every sinner of all nations unto the end of the age, Jesus calls ministers and sends them out to feed the people gathered by the Holy Spirit to hear His Word.
1] So that we may obtain this faith, the ministry of teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted. 2] Through the Word and Sacraments, as through instruments, the Holy Spirit is given (John 20:22). He works faith, when and where it pleases God (John 3:8), in those who hear the good news 3] that God justifies those who believe that they are received into grace for Christ's sake. This happens not through our own merits, but for Christ's sake.
4] Our churches condemn the Anabaptists and others who think that through their own preparations and works the Holy Spirit comes to them without the external Word.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen