Concordia Theological Monthly

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baptism, christian, grace, sanctification, luther, baptized, doctrine, usus practicus, sacrament, calvinists, catechism

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


It may safely be said that the average Lutheran Christian does not think of his Baptism often enough and that the average Lutheran pastor does not remind his parishioners often enough of the great value and importance of Holy Baptism. There are, of course, exceptions, but these only establish the rule. If this appears as a rather severe indictment, let the reader bear in mind that due grateful appreciation of the meaning and blessing of Holy Baptism involves a most weighty point in Christian sanctification in which we never become perfect and that, because of our perverse Old Adam, we Christians, no matter whether we are laymen or clergymen, constantly stand in need of direct and unqualified Law preaching. We need the enlightening Law for progress and increase in holiness no less than we need for our sanctification the vivifying Gospel.


History of Christianity

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

1 Corinthians 1:14-17; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:5; Ephesians 5:25-28; Titus 3:4-8;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars