that's funny. I have thought the same thing about being a member of St. Paul outside of Hamel.
to be to be to...It's awesome to be a member of the congregation God gave you.
And, Brother Stuckwisch is incorrect. The "heart of Scripture" is not the Lord's Supper. Christ is. Specifically, the Gospel of justification by grace, through faith.
It is awesome to be a member of Emmaus.....Pastor S and Pastor G are very much a blessing to their members, and I would pray a blessing to their brother pastors, I also thank God for the faithfulPastors that maybe are far away mile wise but with the age of computers you can recieve the benefits of their gifts by reading their blogs.Blessings to all
Paul, Check out LW 36:277. "Language cannot express how great and mighty these words [of institution] are, for they are the sum and substance of the whole gospel." The Word certainly makes the sacrament and we receive the words (the sum and substance of the gospel) by faith alone. I'm not sure that this piece makes the distinction that you assert. Or, perhaps you don't think he makes enough of a distinction between the justification and the sacraments? Rev Stuckwisch can answer for himself, but I remember you posting something about knee jerk reactions a while back...just asking you to read it again. Perhaps, he needs to be more clear.
Or as Luther is also wont to say: "This sacrament IS the Gospel." It is that because the heart of the Scripture is Christ as the sacrifice for the sins of the world giving Himself to us for our forgiveness, life, and salvation. We cannot drive a wedge between Christ and His Sacrament without falling into what I'll just refer to as the Texan's Heresy. As Dr. Nagel once wisely observed, when the terms are running full blast they run as synonyms: Christ, who is our Justification, Faith which is nothing but receiving what He gives and what He gives is Himself, Righteousness, Life, well, you get the idea...
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