Concordia Theological Monthly

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lutheran unity, christendom, ecumenical

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


"The Need for Lutheran Solidarity. This fundamentally ecumenical character of Lutheranism should receive more concrete expression than has yet been done. The times seem to demand that the inner unity already existing among the Lutherans of the world be cultivated and mobilized. The purpose of this outward expression of Lutheran fellowship is not ostentation, not the display of size or so-called achievement. . . . The purpose in seeking to develop Lutheran solidarity is to help meet the difficulties that confront our churches just now in common with all Christendom, to unite our forces in support of our Lutheran brethren who are now suffering for their faith. . . . The purpose is to help one another in preserving, and sharing with all nations, the treasures we possess in the Gospel of our Lord, whom we know to be the Redeemer of the world from sin. This purpose is to be achieved . . . (b) by cultivating a Lutheran consciousness in individual Lutherans and in Lutheran church-bodies, (c) by furthering Lutheran unity within the several lands where Lutheran forces are not at present united, (d) by forming a practical entente or alliance among all the Lutheran church-bodies In the world."


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Ephesians 4:3-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 16:17; John 13:34; 1 John 5:4; Psalm 75:4; Zechariah 4:6;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars