Concordia Theological Monthly

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pastors, seminary, theological, seminaries, ministry, lutheran

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


In beginning the consideration of the theme before our meeting this morning it is well for us to bear in mind that the seminary is not so necessary for the existence of the Church as we teachers at the various Lutheran seminaries are perhaps wont, or at least inclined, to assume. It may be conducive to humility on our part if we reflect that the Church existed and flourished once upon a time without such schools, and if that thought pricks some bubbles of self-importance which we may have fondly permitted to float about our heads, I would say we have made a good start in our discussion. The briefest kind of historical survey will suffice to show that the Church's life does not absolutely depend on her being provided with theological seminaries. I am here not thinking of the era of the Old Covenant, when there were vast stretches of time during which, at least as far as we know, the children of God did not have schools for the training of spiritual leaders, but of the early years of the New Testament. The Church, as we are all aware, came into existence without the aid of institutions of learning. It was quite a number of years after Pentecost that the first theological school was established.


History of Christianity

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

Titus 1:5; Galatians 5:1; Ephesians 4:7-13;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars