Grapho : Concordia Seminary Student Journal

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church, alien, law, sin, baptism, theology

Submission Type

Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


What I hope to offer in the following pages is a vision for the Church that is not our own in a world that is increasingly foreign to us. In a discussion of the Scriptures and the Sacraments, I would like to present three ways in which this Church is distinctly alien in nature. She presents alien standards, alien sentiment, and alien strength to which we are called to subscribe, submit, and surrender. In presenting the alien nature of this church, I offer points of contrast and comparison with the culture to which we are tempted to succumb. These comparisons will develop what I call an alien way of being—a humble, steadfast, and sacrificial kind of life that is not lived for our own sake or by our own strength. In this paper, I will ultimately seek to show how the Church, properly understood, is about confession rather than consumption, and how we as Christians receive consolation from that reality. Before we get into the argument, however, I would like to provide a brief illustration as to why this paper is necessary for the Church today.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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

Romans 7:7-9; Romans 7:10-13; Romans 7:21-25; Romans 6:4; Romans 6:6;

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Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars

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