Posts from October 2014

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Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 10) – Sola Scriptura

by mcurley

Martin Luther’s quest for a merciful God who would receive him into His presence in spite of Luther’s (and all mankind’s) sin ended when in Scripture Luther found the blessed Gospel hope in these words from Romans 1:17 (said first by the prophet Habakkuk), “The righteous will live by faith”. Justification by grace through faith […]

Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 9) – Faith and Good Works

by mcurley

The relationship between faith and good works is important to understand for in our Lutheran emphasis on justification by grace through faith alone we don’t mean to say that there is no place for works in the believer’s life.   Sanctification is the life that follows a sinner being born again, being justified, as the Holy […]

Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 8) – The Pastoral Office

by mcurley

We’ve learned of the Church’s ministry of the Word and Sacraments, the Office of the Keys, worship, confession and absolution– just about all the fundamentals of the Church except for this one: pastors. The word pastor means “shepherd” as he is a spiritual guide under the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ (John 10:11).  There are other […]

Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 7) – The Office of the Keys

by mcurley

We had said earlier that the other mark of the Christian Church besides the Word and Sacraments being administered faithfully is where church discipline is practiced. If God’s truths are not practiced, they amount to mere talk.  Though Christians are saved freely by grace through faith, the Gospel is never to be treated as a […]

Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 6) – Worship

by mcurley

We have learned that the Church is where the Holy Spirit gathers His people around the Gospel which offers faith, the forgiveness of sins and the hope of everlasting life through the ministry of Word and Sacraments. Beyond place, though, is time.  The time the Holy Spirit so gathers is generally called “worship”.  And as […]

Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 5) – The Church

by mcurley

Properly speaking, the Church is simply the universal assembly of all believers. This is the meaning of the word “catholic” in connection to the Church.  The Creed adds “one, holy and apostolic” to this description.  One God, one true faith that Christians gather around, one hope in Christ, one way unto salvation, one working of […]

Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 4) – Word and Sacraments

by mcurley

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus’ work, not by our own good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Only forgiveness can absolve sin.  Works may try to mitigate the effects of sins but they can’t remove them.  Only grace restores a broken relationship between God and man and between neighbors.  Grace alone heals.  Faith […]

Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 3) – God

by mcurley

Many dogmatic books begin with a discussion on the nature of theology or establishing the authority of Holy Scripture. Good places to start, for sure.  All of what we will be reviewing together is based on the belief that God speaks through His Word, the Holy Bible, and such Word is the ultimate and final […]

Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 2) – The Gospel in a Nutshell

by mcurley

Ephesians 2:8, 9 reads, “For it is by grace you have been saved , through faith- and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” Then Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we […]

Lutheran Dogmatics (Part 1) – The Way It Is

by mcurley

Religiously speaking, there are hundreds if not thousands of choices out there. Even within the single religion of Christianity, there are many, many factions.  Schism is not good, says the Bible, but it is the way it is.  If the Christian Church is ever to truly unite, though; it must be on the basis of […]