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Luther’s 7 Marks of a Church
Sermon Series: June 18 – July 30, 2017
In 1539, Martin Luther wrote the treatise “On the Councils and the Church.” Using scripture and the four ecumenical councils of the ancient church, Luther draws conclusions about the power and role of church councils and lays out an understanding of church.
For Luther, church is not the building or the institution, but the people of God gathered together around Word and Sacrament.
In the Reformation and even in our own time, Luther’s 7 marks of the church help us to consider what it means to live out our faith in the Body of Christ.
June 18 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Possession of the holy Word of Word
June 25 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
The holy sacrament of Baptism
July 2 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost
The holy sacrament of the altar (Holy Communion)
July 9 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost
The office of the keys (absolution for sin)
July 16 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer, public praise, and thanksgiving to God
July 23 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost
The office of ministry (including bishops and pastors)
July 30 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost
Possession of the sacred cross – that is, experience of suffering