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November 4, 2007 - All Saints' Day

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Rev 7:(2-8) 9-17
Epistle: 1 John 3:1-3
Gospel: Matt 5:1-12
Psalm:

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Matthew 5:1-12 for the All Saints' Day, November 4, 2007.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article XI, paragraphs 29-31, pages 606-607.

Our Lord is not telling people what they must do to get to heaven, but rather He is comforting those who have been convicted by the law and despair because of their own unworthiness.

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 CONCORDALL SAINTS' DAY
FORMULA OF CONCORD, SOLID DECLARATIONARTICLE XI: GOD'S ETERNAL ELECTION

We should not think of the call of God, which is made through the preaching of the Word, as a juggler's act. But we should know that God reveals His will by this call. He will work through the Word in the people He calls, so that they may be enlightened, converted, and saved. For the Word, by which we are called, is a ministry of the Spirit, which gives the Spirit, or by which the Spirit is given (2 Cor. 3:8). It is God's power unto salvation (Romans 1:16). The Holy Spirit wants to be effective through the Word, and to strengthen and give power and ability. It is God's will that we should receive the Word, believe it, and obey it.

For this reason the elect are described as follows: "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life" (John 10:27-28). "In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will" (Ephesians 1:11). They hear the Gospel, believe in Christ, pray and give thanks, are sanctified in love, have hope, patience, and comfort under the cross. (See Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:25.) Although all this is very weak in them, they hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6).

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:16-26). (paragraphs 29-31)



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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