Concordia Theological Monthly

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congregation, christian, ministry, grace, luther, preach

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The topic which is here to be briefly treated, chiefly on the basis of a problem which has recently been suggested for discussion, has been broached in the columns of this journal before, although not in an exhaustive manner. It is clearly not a mere academic question, nor may it be placed in the category of the adiaphora or a priori included in the field of casuistry, although certain situations may cause it to be placed under that heading. The problem, as it is before us, involves chiefly three loci in dogmatics, namely, De Ecclesia, De Ministerio Ecclesiastico, and De Sacramentis. As we take up the questions concerned, we become increasingly aware of the fact that we are not dealing with a matter of scholasticism, but with a problem that touches closely upon doctrines that are in no way in controversy in the Lutheran Church.


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Acts 14:23; Acts 8:1; Acts 15:22; Romans 1:7; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Philippians 4:15; Colossians 4:15; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; Philemon 1:2; 1 Peter 5:13; Acts 13:1; Acts 20:17; Revelation 2:1, 8. 12, 18; Revelation 3:1; Revelation 7:14; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; 2 Corinthians 8:1, 18;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars