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Phone: (417) 532 - 2717

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod

The Church Is One Foundation
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Pastor's Message


JUNE   2017



               Dear Members and Friends at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church,

 

If you look at page XII and XIII in the front of the hymnal you will see various days of commemoration. Let's focus on one of those special days. On the 25 June we commemorate the presentation of the Augsburg Confession which was made on this day in 1530.


The Augsburg confession is the key confession of Martin Luther and the Lutheran Reformers. It was written by a friend of Luther named Phillip Melanchthon. This was not a confession hidden away in a seminary library. It was a bold declaration signed by various leaders of German cities and regions. It was presented in the city of Augsburg Germany to Charles V who was the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.


This was a straight forward confession of the Gospel that was presented by "secular" rulers to a "secular" ruler. The character and unity of the Empire was shaken by this confession. Charles V had just ended the war with the French and he turned his eyes to the German states. He wanted unity at the expense of the Gospel.


The Protestant princes did not roll over for the Emperor. Ten days before the presentation, Charles was making religious demands of them contrary to God's Word. One of the princes replied, "Before I would deny my God and His Gospel, I would rather kneel down here before Your Majesty and let you cut my head off"!


He didn't cut off his head, but in time war would break out as the Catholic armies of the Emperor tried to impose their faith by the force of arms. These Protestant Princes knew the Gospel of Christ was important enough to die for. May we know it is also important enough to live for. The Gospel should never be a doctrine parked away in a church library or in the back, remote - places of our minds. The Gospel is Life.


I leave you with one of the simple, straightforward confessions in the Augsburg confession. You can read the whole thing yourself on the web or in, "Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions" in the church library.


"Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works.  2 People are freely justified for Christ's sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christ's sake. By His death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins.  3 God counts this faith for righteousness in His sight".

 

"Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. 2 People are freely justified for Christ's sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christ's sake. By His death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins. 3 God counts this faith for righteousness in His sight".

 


Amen and Amen

 

                                                          Blessings,

                                                    Pastor Dave