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Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

Posted on June 25th, 2017

Sermon for the Commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession June 25, 2017 Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Before there was an Apostles’ Creed, or Nicene, or Athanasian – before any of the great councils, before any catechism – before the New Testament itself was gathered together from the writings of the earliest disciples of Jesus – before all of this was the most important confession upon which all other confessions are built: “Jesus Christ is Lord.” “Jesus Christ is Lord” is the original confession of the Church. To understand what this means is the subject of all true Christian study; to confess with all your heart, soul, strength and mind Jesus Christ is Lord is the source of…

Presentation of the Augsburg Confession 2014

Posted on June 25th, 2014

On this day in 1530, a group of German princes stood before Emperor Charles V, in the city of Augsburg, and made a confession of the true, orthodox, catholic, Christian Faith. Their confession began with a verse from the Psalms: “I will also speak of Thy testimonies before kings, and shall not be put to shame” (Ps. 119.46).   This confession, although recently written, was nothing new. It was something very old – a confession of the teaching of Holy Scripture and a correction of abuses that had corrupted the church. While written by Philip Melanchthon, the princes and churches that subscribed to it made it their own. Earlier this month, when I was in Nashville for the ordination of our brother Eric Philipps,…