Concordia Theological Monthly

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preaching, christian sermon, st. paul, christocentric, faith, salvation, stewardship

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The objective which one seeks to accomplish and his means for that purpose determine the limitations of his doing. The practice of medicine is limited to a correct diagnosis of the case under consideration and the drugs or other remedial agents that will, if possible, effect a cure. A physician may relate some interesting news events to his patient, speak of his own experience in the recent war, and crack a few good jokes that will produce a hearty laugh, but that will not cure the patient of his tuberculosis or pneumonia or tonsilitis. For the production of a good painting an artist is limited to his colors, brushes, and canvass. The lawyer pleading a case before a jury is limited to the facts in the case and the laws covering it. The mason is limited in his work to stone, brick, trowel, mortar, and plumb line. The cook is limited to foodstuff, cooking utensils, and fire.


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2 Timothy 2:15; Mark 1:15; John 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Acts 2:36, 38; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; Ephesians 5:22-33; Acts 17:22-31; Hebrews 1:6-7; Galatians 5:13; Romans 8:28; Romans 8:31-32; Romans 15:4;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars