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September 23, 2007 - Seventeenth S a Pentecost

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Amos 8:4-7
Epistle: 1 Tim 2:1-15
Gospel: Luke 16:1-15
Psalm:

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Psalm 34:1-10, from which the Gradual is taken, for the Seventeenth S a Pentecost, September 23, 2007.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI, paragraphs 73-75, page 642.

God's children who suffer fears from real and imaginary dangers can take refuge in the Lord and experience His mercy and deliverance.

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 CONCORDSEVENTEENTH S A PENTECOST
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE XI: GOD'S ETERNAL ELECTION

The Holy Spirit dwells in the elect, who have become believers, as in His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19). He is not idle in them, but moves God's children to obey God's commands. Therefore, should practice all Christian virtues, in all godliness, modesty, temperance, patience, and brotherly love; and they should give all diligence to make their calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). They should do this so that the more they find the Spirit's power and strength within them, they may doubt their election less. For the Spirit bears witness to the elect that they are God's children (Romans 8:16). Sometimes they fall into temptation so terribly that they imagine they can no longer perceive the power of God's indwelling Spirit, and so they say with David, "I said in my alarm, 'I am cut off from Your sight'" (Psalm 31:22). They should, without regard to what they experience in themselves, again say with David the words immediately following, "But You heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to You for help" (v.23).

Our election to eternal life is founded not on our godliness or virtue, but on Christ's merit alone and His Father's gracious will. He is unchangeable in will and essence. Therefore, when His children depart from obedience and stumble, He has called them to repentance again through the Word and the Holy Spirit. (paragraphs 73-75)



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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