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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

April 22, 2007 - Third Sunday of Easter

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Acts 9:1-22
Epistle: Rev 5:(1-7) 8-14
Gospel: John 21:1-14 (15-19)
Psalm: Ps 30 (11a, 12b)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel, John 21:1-14 for the Third Sunday of Easter, April 22, 2007.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article II, paragraphs 54-56, page 560.

The Lord Jesus appeared many times to His disciples after His resurrection so they would be CERTAIN that He was alive. He appeared the third time while they were fishing on the Sea of Galilee, the same place and situation when Jesus first called them to become "fishers of men." God wants us to be certain of His promises.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


Faith accepts the forgiveness of sins for Christ's sake and comforts itself with the Gospel promise. So the Holy Spirit (who does all this) is sent into the heart (Galatians 4:6). The preacher's planting and watering and the hearer's running and hearing would both be in vain and no conversion would follow it if the power and effectiveness of the Holy Spirit were not added. The Spirit enlightens and converts hearts through the Word preached and heard. So people believe this Word and agree with it. Neither preacher nor hearer is to doubt this grace and effectiveness of the Holy Spirit. They should be certain that when God's Word is preached purely and truly, according to God's command and will, and people listen attentively and seriously and meditate on it, God is certainly present with His grace. He grants, as has been said, what otherwise a person can neither accept nor give by his own powers. For we should not and cannot always judge from feeling about the presence, work, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, as to how and when they are experienced in the heart. They are often covered and happen in great weakness. Therefore, we should be certain about and agree with the promise that God's Word preached and heard is truly an office and work of the Holy Spirit. He is certainly effective and works in our hearts by them (2 Corinthians 2:14-17,3:5-6). (paragraphs 54-56)

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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