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Summer Sermon Series

ByMarie Adkins | In News

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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

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