Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

John Johnson

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 28:18; Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 53:6; Isaiah 55:1, 6-7; Joel 2:12-13; Proverbs 28:13; Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 16:13-15; John 6:67; Luke 15:20; Luke 18:13; Luke 15:20; Luke 18:13; John 4:46-54; Luke 5:1-11; John 5:1-9; Matthew 9:27-31; John 9:35; Acts 13:16-41; Acts 2:14·36; 2 Corinthians 6:3; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Matthew 21:1-9; Isaiah 44:22; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Matthew 4:23; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 11:1; Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 5:42


This study is presented with the hope that it can help establish confessional Lutheran evangelistic and missiological practice on the bedrock of sound, Biblical and Confessional doctrine. The specific theological concern of this presentation is the doctrine of church fellowship. Key 73 is an excellent place to begin such a study because it is especially in evangelism and mission practice that the pressure to unite without prior doctrinal agreement is the greatest. "Conservatives” are particularly vulnerable to these temptations, because of their zeal for reaching the lost with the Gospel. Those who believe that there is salvation in no other name than Christ's (Acts 4:12) and that those "who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus . . . will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes" (2 Thess. 1:8-10), the feeling may persist that we ought not take the time to test the spirits in matters of evangelism, church growth and world missions.

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