From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning the Mass
This is a sufficient reply to our opponents about the sayings of the Fathers. It is certain that this fiction about the merit of the opus operatum is found nowhere in the Fathers. In order to better understand the whole case, we will also state those things about the use of the Sacrament that actually harmonize with the Fathers and Scripture.
Pulling It Together
The human heart, harder than diamonds, is determined to have its own way. Religious matters are not exempt from our hardness of heart. So, we bullheadedly set about working at being good people, participating in services, or buying things that make false promises, all in the hopes of pleasing God enough that we will deserve forgiveness and eternal life. We deserve no such thing. But because God loves us with the softest heart, he has made a way for us where we could never find or make a way. Forgiveness and salvation do not depend upon our will or labors. These depend upon a loving and merciful God
Prayer: Soften my heart, Lord, that I may have a heart of faith. Amen.
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The Upper Room is a six-part drama and sermon series for use during the weeks of Lent, in midweek or Sunday morning services. The stories in this series seek to focus our hearts and minds on the last days of Jesus, drawing us into a greater spiritual maturity that recognizes the blessings and responsibilities of this life of faith, as we walk with our Lord on the path to the cross.