Concordia Theological Monthly

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church, christian life, faith, mutual fellowship, community, forgiveness, grace, individualism

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Many forces are at work in our society today which combine to make personal interest an abiding motivation. The pleasing art of being social has assumed the doubtful coloration of the slick professional impersonality. People seem to become "involved" with people only "in a role" and not in a personal and meaningful way, not so their "heart feels it;” as we say. The drive for individualism is bred into us from our American heritage, and we have become a breed of people skilled in the devices of keeping away from people while living with them and working with them and even becoming intimate with them.


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Matthew 18:17; 1 Corinthians 12:4-14; 1 Corinthians 12:14-26; Galatians 6:1; 1 Peter 4:7-9; James 5:19-20; John 20:21-23; Matthew 16:19;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars