Equipping Disciples for Mission

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"For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” My daughter was telling me about two of her friends who struggle in their relationship. She says, "they are not very nice to each other. They complain to their friends about the others bad habits and...

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The Heart and the Mouth

"What hypocrites we seem to be whenever we talk of ourselves! Our words sound so humble, while our hearts are so proud." So the issue seems to be about heart and mouth. Paul says, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God...

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Hidden Abuse

“Whoever comes out of the water of baptism, can boast that he is already a consecrated priest, bishop and pope.” Priesthood of Believers Luther’s point was that in Baptism all a person needs to be a spiritual leader has been given. This was in contrast to the Roman...

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Body by God

God gave Adam a responsibility, “take care of my stuff.” (translation is mine) The implication is that to “care for” means according to the standards of the owner. A babysitter cares for the children using the rules and values of the parent. An employee follows the...

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Go and Make Disciples

“Go” doesn’t command each of us to find a corner of creation that has not heard of Jesus and win them over. “Go” simply says look for the opportunities right in front of you. The command to “Go and make disciples” is well known. What is far less known and considered...

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Baptism is Mission

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In our Baptism we are...

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Law and Gospel

“In the third place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the Gospel is preached first and then the Law; sanctification first and then justification; faith first and then repentance; good works first and then grace.” Someone recently said to me, “The problem...

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