Concord

Articles on the Book of Concord

Created: January 16th, 2017

Concord #19: The Cause of Sin

The philosopher Aristotle didn’t have a Bible, but by reason he concluded there was a god of some sort. He reasoned that everything has a cause, and those causes also had a cause.

Concord #18: Free Will (or not?)

Everyone has free will, right? You chose to wear the clothes you’re wearing. You chose to get a summer job, or to play basketball, or which colleges to apply to.

Concord #17: Christ's Return

Once you become a Christian, does that mean that you need to retreat from the world?

Concord #16: Civil Affairs

Once you become a Christian, does that mean that you need to retreat from the world?

Concord #15: Church Practices

You worship what you believe—this is the main point of religion. But it also works the other way around. You believe what you worship.

Concord #13: Repentance

In one sense, you can’t come to the Sacraments without repentance. That is to say, you must recognize your sins and be sorry for them in order for the Sacraments to have any benefit for you.

Concord #14: The Call

Your pastor is probably not the best preacher in your church. He probably isn’t the best administrator. He may not even be the most friendly or open person in the congregation. But there is one thing he has that makes him your pastor. A call.

Concord #12: Sacraments

Baptism, Supper, and Confession are unique gifts of God, yet they all share something in common. They are instituted by God as visible, tangible signs of His grace toward us. “Sacrament” is the word that the Church has used from ancient times to describe such rituals.

Concord #11: Baptism, Supper, Confession

The ninth, tenth, and eleventh articles of the Augsburg Confession take up Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and Confession, respectively. Each of these articles is surprisingly short—the longest of them is only two sentences.

Concord #10: The Church (pt. 2)

You don’t have to spend much time in the church to find out that it’s inhabited by sinners as much as it is by saints. But unlike the rest of the world, Christians’ faults seem to stand out in sharper contrast against the message of love, kindness, reconciliation, and mutual sacrifice that the Scriptures exhort them to practice.

Concord #9: The Church (pt. 1)

If you went to 1333 Kirkwood Ave. in St. Louis, Missouri, you would find the international headquarters of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. If you went to Vatican City in Italy, you might find the Pope, who is the head of the Roman Catholic Church. But in neither case would you find the Church, properly speaking.

Concord #8: New Obedience

“Faith apart from works is dead,” writes St. James (James 2:26b ESV). But we confess that we are saved by faith alone, apart from works. Doesn’t the addition of works cancel faith? Or maybe Lutherans have gotten it wrong, and obedience really is a part of faith and salvation.

Concord #7: Ministry

Justification is getting lined back up again, like this paragraph is “left justified” because the words are lined up straight on the left side. Justification is how we get pointed back toward God; it’s how we get restored to that right relationship with Him that we lost. And being right with God, we also become right with the world.

Concord #6: Justification

Justification is getting lined back up again, like this paragraph is “left justified” because the words are lined up straight on the left side. Justification is how we get pointed back toward God; it’s how we get restored to that right relationship with Him that we lost. And being right with God, we also become right with the world.

Concord #5: Jesus

In the second article of the Augsburg Confession, the first evangelical Christians presented the problem of sin. Without delay, the solution to sin is given in the very next article of faith-Jesus Christ.

Concord #4: Original Sin

You can’t get too far in a theological discussion before you run into sin. It’s kind of a big deal in the Bible. And it also happens to be the topic of the second article of the Augsburg Confession.

Concord #3: God

"Concord" is a weekly study of the Lutheran Confessions, where we will take up a topic from the Book of Concord and reflect on what we believe, teach, and confess in the Lutheran Church.

Concord #2: Augustana

Learn more about the Lutheran confession, and how it is our concord.

Concord #1: What does this mean?

Learn more about the Lutheran confession, and how it is our concord.