Concordia Theological Monthly

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good works, grace, christian, preacher, christmas, st. paul, faith, ministry, redemption, sacrifice


Most pastors read the Christmas Epistle during the holidays. Many preached on it as a text for a Christmas message. As they prepared that sermon, they probably realized that this text speaks only secondarily to congregations. Primarily it is addressed to a pastor, a pastor who is training other pastors. It does not speak specifically of Christmas, but of the redemption of Jesus Christ in general; not specifically of the moods and joys of Christmas, but of the objective of good works in Christian people. Hence the text speaks to pastors about their own ministry to people, especially the ministry of leading their people to good works. This study proposes to guide the meditation of the Christian pastor as he ponders this text to that end.


Biblical Studies

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

Titus 2:11-14; Romans 1:16; Titus 5:15-21; Titus 1:1-3; Titus 1:5-9; Titus 2:7-8; Titus 3:3-7; Titus 1:10-16; Titus 3:9-11; Philippians 2:14-16;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars