Concerning the Mass – part 25

Scripture Text: Revelation 5:8-10

The Lord’s name will be made great throughout the earth through the preaching of the gospel. The Spirit produces faith in individuals through the Word.

Concerning the Mass – part 24

Scripture Text: Romans 12:6–8

Having been moved to faith, the Spirit of God begins to transform us through the Word, worship, and testing. He gives each believer a gift or gifts of the Spirit that should be used in service for God.

Concerning the Mass – part 22

Scripture Text: Hebrews 13:15

Do good but do not depend upon your good works. Depend upon God, upon his word and his promises. Though they please him if done from the heart, God does not require your sacrifices.

Concerning the Mass – part 21

Scripture Text: Hosea 6:6

The Hebrew word for “obey” can also be understood to heed, listen, or hear. For to truly hear is to obey. If you do not obey, you have not really heard.

Concerning the Mass – part 19

Scripture Text: Romans 12:1–2

We are to offer sacrifices but the Lutheran Reformers wanted to be clear, not only what those sacrifices are but, what they accomplish. There is no sacrifice that we can offer or that can be offered for us.

Concerning the Mass – part 18

Scripture Text: Revelation 5:6–10

There is only one work that saves, reconciles, justifies, atones, provides forgiveness of sin. That one work or sacrifice is not something that any human being can do.

Concerning the Mass – part 17

Scripture Text: Isaiah 53:4–6

After the true sacrifice had been accomplished, all analogous and ceremonial sacrifices should cease. What they pointed toward had already been accomplished in Christ’s cross.

Concerning the Mass – part 16

Scripture Text: Colossians 2:16–19

You may sacrifice this thing or another, hoping that God will be appeased and forgive your sins. Or you might do some good work or act of penance, again, hoping that God will remove your guilt.

Concerning the Mass – part 15

Scripture Text: Romans 6:2-4

Baptism “brings about forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe, as the Word and promise of God declare” (The Small Catechism).

Concerning the Mass – part 13

Scripture Text: Hebrews 10:4-10

Although there were symbolic types of atoning sacrifice in the Old Testament, true, propitiatory sacrifice was only accomplished by Jesus Christ.

Concerning the Mass – part 13

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 2:2

Our concern is what a propitiatory or atoning sacrifice is for Christians. For that matter, what is an atoning sacrifice for anyone during this Christian era? There is just one...

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