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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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August 24, 2014 - St. Bartholomew, Apostle

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Luke 22:24-30 for the St. Bartholomew, Apostle, August 24, 2014.

It is from Augsburg Confession, Article XXVIII.

Christ, our Lord, came among us in the flesh as one who served—even unto death on across. Today He still comes among us via those He sends to serve—also even unto death, as we see in St. Bartholomew.

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

Pastor Kurt Hering
Layton, Utah


1] There has been great controversy about the Power of bishops, in which some have terribly confused the power of the Church with the power of the State. 2] This confusion has produced great war and riot. All the while the popes, claiming the Power of the Keys, have instituted new services and burdened consciences with Church discipline and excommunications. But they have also tried to transfer the kingdoms of this world to the Church by taking the Empire away from the emperor. 3] Learned and godly people have condemned these errors in the Church for a long time. 4] Therefore our teachers, in order to comfort of people's consciences, were constrained to show the difference between the authority of the Church and the authority of the State. They taught that both of them are to be held in reverence and honor, as God's chief blessings on earth., because they have God's command.

5] Our teachers' position is this: the authority of the Keys (Matthew 16:19), or the authority of the bishops--according to the Gospel--is a power or commandment of God, to preach the Gospel, to forgive and retain sins, and to administer Sacraments. 6] Christ sends out His Apostles with this command, "As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you … Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld" (John 20:21-22) . 7] And in Mark 16:15, Christ says, "Go … proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation."

8] This authority is exercised only by teaching or preaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments, either to many or to individuals, according to their calling. In this way are given not only bodily, but also eternal things: eternal righteousness, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life. 9] These things cannot reach us except by the ministry of the Word and the Sacraments, as Paul says, "The Gospel … is the power of God for salvation to everyone that believes (Romans 1:16) Therefore, the Church has the authority to grant eternal things and exercises this authority only by the ministry of the Word.

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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