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From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning the Number and Use of the Sacraments – part 13
We are talking about that particular kind of faith that believes the offered promise, not only believing in general that God exists, but believing that the forgiveness of sins is offered. This use of the sacrament consoles godly but troubled minds.
Pulling It Together
This is why faith is critical. Without faith, one is simply going through the motions, and grace is not received. But when the sacrament is used with faith in God to do as he promises, great comfort is had, and anxious minds are conferred the peace of God, who is Christ Jesus himself. So, through faith in the Word or the promise that is attached to the sacrament—“This is my body... This is my blood...”—one does not simply receive bread and wine; one receives the peace who is Christ himself.
Prayer: Make me worthy to receive your blessings because of the surpassing worth of Jesus Christ my Savior. Amen.
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By the Will of God is an eight part sermon series on Ephesians follows the summer lectionary, year B. It uses the Brobston Telemetry Method of Preaching which is an easy way to capture the hearts and minds of listeners and draw them into the Good News of Jesus Christ.Use this series to focus in on the will of God in our lives. It is designed to be used from July 12 through August 30, 2015, but it can be used as a series anytime of the year the preacher wants to focus on Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. It is also a great resource to give to lay-preachers in congregations where supply pastors are unavailable to fill in when the pastor goes on vacation. Each week there is a description of the bible passage, an image to build from, a section called "going deeper" which digs into the lesson even further, and some questions to use if you decide to discuss the sermon in a Bible Study or other forum.