A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series November 28, 2010 - First Sunday in Advent: Ad Te Levavi
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Matthew 21:1-9 for the First Sunday in Advent: Ad Te Levavi, November 28, 2010.
It is from Augsburg Confession, Articles V & VII.
Some two thousand years ago, the Son of God came to His people in the flesh as a humble servant carried by a young male donkey and his mother to deliver Himself for us on the cross. Today--and until His second Advent on the Last Day--the Son of God comes to His people in the flesh, ever the servant, from His throne on high carried by the humble means of words, water, bread, and wine to deliver Himself to us in His Church.
ARTICLE V: THE MINISTRY 1] That we may obtain this faith, the Ministry of Teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted. For through the Word and Sacraments, as through instruments, 2] the Holy Ghost is given, who works faith; where and when it pleases God, in them that hear 3] the Gospel, to wit, that God, not for our own merits, but for Christ's sake, justifies those who believe that they are received into grace for Christ's sake. 4] They condemn the Anabaptists and others who think that the Holy Ghost comes to men without the external Word, through their own preparations and works.
ARTICLE VII: THE CHURCH 1] Also they teach that one holy Church is to continue forever. The Church is the congregation of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered. 2] And to the true unity of the Church it is enough to agree concerning the doctrine of the Gospel and 3] the administration of the Sacraments. Nor is it necessary that human traditions, that is, rites or ceremonies, instituted by men, should be everywhere alike. 4] As Paul says: One faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, etc. Eph. 4:5-6.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen