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October 7, 2007 - Nineteenth S after Pentecost

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Hab 1:1-4,2:1-4
Epistle: 2 Tim 1:1-14
Gospel: Luke 17:1-10
Psalm: Ps 62 (1)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Epistle for the Nineteenth S after Pentecost, October 7, 2007.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article IV, paragraphs 34-36, pages 580-581.

Although God desires us to do good works, we do not remain in fellowship with God by good works but by faith in the Gospel, as Paul say, "the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me."

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 CONCORDNINETEENTH S AFTER PENTECOST
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE IV: GOOD WORKS

Faith does not lay hold of righteousness and salvation only in the beginning and then resigns its office to works as though they had to sustain faith, the righteousness received, and salvation. The promise, not only of receiving, but also retaining righteousness and salvation, is firm and sure to us. St. Paul (Romans 5:2) ascribes to faith not only the entrance to grace, but says that we stand in grace and boast of the future glory. In other words, he credits the beginning, middle, and end to faith alone.

They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. (Romans 11:20)

[He will] present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith. (Colossians 1:22-23)

By God's power [you] are being guarded through faith for a salvation. (1 Peter 1:5)

It is clear from God's Word that faith is the proper and only means through which righteousness and salvation are not only received, but also preserved by God. Therefore, according to St. Paul's admonition (2 Timothy 1:13) it is safe to hold fast both to "the pattern of sound words" and to the pure doctrine itself. In this way, much unnecessary wrangling may be cut off and the Church preserved from many scandals. (paragraphs 34-36)



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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