Reading through the Book of Concord, October 6th

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. For those people who do not have access to a reading group, it occurred to us that we might try creating an “online reading group” right here on the BJS site. There is space here for discussions on the reading, and there are enough Pastors reading this site who may be able to help clarify unclear sections.

Pastors reading this — please take the time to reply to any questions brought up on this list, or even comment yourselves on what this section of the BOC means to you.

Each Sunday we will post the readings for the week, broken down into daily readings. Read through the passages yourselves, either using your copy of the Concordia or using the website.

For Oct 6th through Oct 10th we are in week 41 in 2008, so according to page xxxvi of the 2nd edition of Concordia, in the middle of the Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, starting on page 523:

Monday SD Article II paragraphs 15-19.

Tuesday SD Article II paragraphs 20-28.

Wednesday SD Article II paragraphs 29-40.

Thursday SD Article II paragraphs 41-47.

Friday SD Article II paragraphs 48-56.

Please try to keep discussion limited to the readings for this week or topics that grow out of them. Remember, no question is a stupid question, and insights you see clearly may not be evident to others, so write about anything you want regarding these readings!

Norm Fisher, Technical Editor
Pastor Rossow, Editor

Links —

  • Last week’s reading
  • Next week’s reading
  • Week 39 (first) reading description
  • Daily readings on the Book of Concord site
  • About Norm Fisher

    Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

    He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

    He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

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    Reading through the Book of Concord, October 6th — 2 Comments

    1. The topic in paragraph 46 and 47 raises some questions in my mind. My understanding is that sanctification comes through hearing the word of God, the forgiveness of sins and receiving the sacraments. So after conversion, do we cooperate with God in our sanctification in any ways other than not keeping ourselves from hearing the Word, receiving forgiveness or partaking of the sacraments? By the way, I probably shouldn’t even say that not keeping ourselves from the means of grace is in any way cooperating with God. I think that Christ alone through the work of the Holy Spirit does the job of sanctifying and that the right way of understanding sanctification leads to a question similar to the justification question, “Why some and not others?” Christ changes our hearts through His Gospel so I am not sure we have anything to do with our sanctification. Perhaps we can only reject sanctification if not for the grace of God. Please help remind me what Scripture properly teaches about this.

    2. We cooperate with the Holy Spirit in doing good works (sanctification in the narrow sense) but not in equal portions. The Formulators use the example of two horses pulling a cart. We do not however cooperate with the Holy Spirit in being saved (sanctification in the wide sense). In other words, the forgiveness of your sins nor your deliverance from death and the devil depend on you.

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