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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

November 23, 2008 - Last Sunday in the Church Year

Standard LSB A Readings:
First: Ezek. 34:11-16,20-24
Epistle: 1 Cor. 15:20-28
Gospel: Matt. 25:31-46
Psalm: Ps. 95:1-7a

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Matthew 25:14-30 for the Last Sunday in the Church Year, November 23, 2008.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXI, paragraphs 1, 4-7 page 202.

When God's people comprehend how transient our life on earth is and how near to the Lord's return we would well to imitated the blessed saints who have gone before us and make the most of our time and opportunities to be fruitful in the Lord's service.

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

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDLAST SUNDAY IN THE CHURCH YEAR
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE XXI: THE INVOCATION OF SAINTS

[Our adversaries] absolutely condemn Article XXI because we do not require the invocation of saints. On no other topic do they speak more smoothly or wordily. Yet they are not able to prove anything other than that the saints should be honored, or that living saints pray for others, as though invoking dead saints were necessary for that reason.

Our Confession approves honoring the saints in three ways. The first is thanksgiving. We should thank God because He has shown examples of mercy, because He wishes to save people, and because He has given teachers and other gifts to the Church. These gifts, since they are the greatest, should be amplified. The saints themselves, who have faithfully used these gifts, should be praised just as Christ praises faithful businessmen (Matthew 25:21, 23). The second service is the strengthening of our faith. When we see Peter's denial forgiven, we also are encouraged to believe all the more that grace truly superabounds over sin (Romans 5:20). The third honor is the imitation, first of faith, then of the other virtues. Everyone should imitate the saints according to his calling. The adversaries do not require these true honors. They argue only about invocation, which, even if it were not dangerous, still is not necessary. (paragraphs 1, 4-7)



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.

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