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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

September 28, 2008 - 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Standard LSB A Readings:
First: Ezek. 18:1-4,25-32
Epistle: Phil. 2:1-4(5-13)14-18
Gospel: Matt. 21:23-27(28-32)
Psalm: Ps. 25:1-10

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Matthew 21:23-32 for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, September 28, 2008.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI, paragraphs 36-38,40, pages 607-608.

In asking the question about John's baptism whether it came from heaven or from man? the Lord draws our attention to a most significant fact: that truth and certainty come from heaven while opinions, that vary from time to time, come from man. (see John 1:14; 3:11-13)

Click here for the reading formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


We are daily reminded and encouraged that we are to learn and conclude what His will toward us is only from God's Word, through which He works with us and calls us. We should believe and not doubt what it promises to us.

For this reason Christ causes the promise of the Gospel not only to be offered in general, but He also seals it through the Sacraments. He attaches them like seals of the promise, and by them He confirms the Gospel to every believer in particular.

On this account, as the Augsburg Confession in Article XI says, we also keep private Absolution. We teach that it is God's command that we believe such Absolution. We should regard it as sure that, when we believe the word of Absolution, we are as truly reconciled to God as though we had heard a voice from heaven [John 12:28-30], as the Apology also explains this article. This consolation would be entirely taken from us if we did not understand God's will toward us from the call that is made through the Word and through the Sacraments.

Furthermore, God has ordained in His counsel that the Holy Spirit should call, enlighten, and convert the elect through the Word [Romans 10:17]. He will justify and save all those who by true faith receive Christ. (paragraphs 36-38, 40)

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.

These are excerpts from the Book of Concord.

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