Concerning Baptism – part 2

Scripture Text: Mark 10:13-16

The divine promises of grace and of the Holy Spirit do not belong to the old alone, as if Jesus, who loved little ones, would have them wait for his promises.

Concerning Baptism – part 1

Scripture Text: Acts 16:30-33

When a child, or anyone else in a household or family, is baptized, the will of God, the promise of God’s salvation is realized. The work of salvation continues through faith.

Concerning the Church – part 34

Scripture Text: Romans 13:1-7

It is important for us to distinguish between the two kingdoms—the kingdom of God and worldly kingdoms. Both Church and State are under God’s authority but they serve different ends.

Concerning the Church – part 32

Scripture Text: Mark 14:22-24

The words of Christ spoken over the bread and wine insure the promise of grace to those who believe. When we speak his word over the elements, he is truly present in them.

Concerning the Church – part 31

Scripture Text: Matthew 15:1-9

I like to sing the “Kyrie” in worship. For that matter, I love to sing the entire liturgy, including the intonation of the Psalm. Some of our churches do not sing the liturgy; they speak the words.

Concerning the Church – part 29

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

We may well suppose that if two Lutheran churches in the same county celebrated Easter on different Sundays that people would have something to say.

Concerning the Church – part 28

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 4:1-5

There is nothing wrong with celibacy or fasting or many other disciplines. Even in marriage, abstinence can be a good thing, if the couple agrees together to abstain for some spiritual purpose.

Concerning the Church – part 27

Scripture Text: Romans 14:5-6

If others wish to abstain from certain foods on certain days, that is between those people and the Lord. Do not let them convince you that abstinence is a matter of righteousness.

Concerning the Church – part 26

Scripture Text: Revelation 1:1-3

“It is written.” This was a favorite saying of the prophets, the evangelists, the apostles, and Jesus. Sometimes it is phrased as a questions: “What is written?”

Concerning the Church – part 25

Scripture Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18

External is not eternal. These outward things will never secure everlasting life. Furthermore, they will never give us peace. The heart must be changed by God for these things to be ours.

Concerning the Church – part 24

Scripture Text: Colossians 2:16-23

How heartbreaking it would be to run in a race, and to run so swiftly that you won the race, only to find out that you had been disqualified because of a false start or a lane violation.

Concerning the Church – part 20

Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:4-6

If you believe these things, we agree that there is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God”—no matter the particular manner of our ceremonies.

Concerning the Church – part 19

Scripture Text: Mark 16:15-16

The effectiveness of the sacraments depends upon Christ. Were you baptized in a stream or at a font, at the hands of a priest or a pastor, by a saint or a sinner?

Concerning the Church – part 17

Scripture Text: Romans 1:15-17

It is the duty of pastors to preach the gospel. It is each church’s obligation to make sure that they do. Yet, it is more than a duty; it is a joyful compulsion.

Concerning the Church – part 15

Scripture Text: Matthew 10:16-18

We should not expect everyone in a collar or alb to represent the kingdom of God. Every preacher in a pulpit does not necessarily proclaim the Word of God.

Concerning the Church – part 13

Scripture Text: Ephesians 2:19-21

You will find the church wherever two or more are gathered in the name of Jesus, that is, with faith in him, teaching the gospel, and administering the sacraments.

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