Concord

Articles on the Book of Concord

Created: January 16th, 2017

Concord #31: The Mass, Part 2

There were a number of abuses of the Mass, that is, abuses of the Sacrament. In the service itself, there were prayers and ceremonies that presented the Sacrament of the Altar as a sacrifice that the priest made to God on behalf of the people.

Concord #30: The Mass, Part 1

The article on the Mass is an article on worship. Before getting to the teaching on the Mass, it’s necessary to define our terms.

Concord #29: Marriage of Priests, Part 2 - A Help against Weakness

Marriage has a number of purposes. In the beginning, God created man and woman and gave them to each other in marriage for mutual companionship and help, and for the procreation of children (Genesis 2:18-25; Genesis 1:28).

Concord #28: Marriage of Priest, Part 1 - The Goodness of Marriage

An issue facing the Church at the time of the Reformation is whether priests, or pastors, could be married. The tradition that had been received in the medieval Church was that priests and monks were required to take a vow of celibacy and to forsake marriage.

Concord #27: Both Kinds in the Sacrament

The first 21 articles or topics have been about doctrine—articles of faith. What follows are several abuses that have been corrected—practical matters that were either eliminated or reformed. The Augsburg Confession itself makes this distinction.

Concord #26: Prescriptive/Descriptive

The first 21 articles or topics have been about doctrine—articles of faith. What follows are several abuses that have been corrected—practical matters that were either eliminated or reformed. The Augsburg Confession itself makes this distinction.

Concord #25: Worship of the Saints

"The final article on Christian doctrine in the Augsburg Confession is perhaps one of the most obvious outward practices that distinguishes Lutherans from Roman Catholics.

Concord #24: Good Works (part 5)

"Furthermore, it is taught on our part that it is necessary to do good works, not that we should trust to merit grace by them, but because it is the will of God. It is only by faith that forgiveness of sins is apprehended, and that, for nothing."

Concord #23: Good Works (part 4)

The great consolation of the Gospel—the grace of God, forgiveness of sins, and justification-- are apprehended by faith in Christ.

Concord #22: Good Works (part 3)

Although this doctrine is despised by the inexperienced, nevertheless God-fearing and anxious consciences find by experience that it brings the greatest consolation, because consciences cannot be set at rest through any works, but only by faith, when they take the sure ground that for Christ's sake they have a reconciled God.

Concord #21: Good Works (part 2)

Preachers of grace are often accused of neglecting the Law, and that was the case when the Lutheran reformers began to preach the Gospel. In answer to the charge that they had eliminated the Law from their teaching, they responded that their writings included much about the Ten Commandments and what God expects of people.

Concord #20: Good Works (part 1)

There is a new kind obedience that follows faith. It’s not an obedience of the Law, where you must decide to do good or not, but the obedience of faith, which is to say that it is fruit of faith and the working of the Holy Spirit.

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.