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Names, Places, and Terms To Know in Christian Church History

Bunyan, John (1628-1688) – Puritan writer and preacher, wrote “Pilgrim’s Progress,” in its time more widely read than the Bible and still very popular today.

C.S. Lewis (1893-1963) – Anglican Irish Christian, novelist, poet, and apologist, wrote “Screwtape Letters,” and “The Abolition of Man.”

Caesarea – Built in honor of Caesar Augustus between 22 and 10 B.C., and located halfway between Acre and Joppa on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. This magnificent city was the official residence of Roman Procurators and Herodian Kings, and figured prominently in the Book of Acts.

Cajetan, Tommaso de Vio (1464-1534) – Dominican philosopher. Sent the first Domincan missionaries to the Americas. Made Cardinal in 1517, he was a fierce but competent opponent of Luther in their debates at Augsburg in 1518.

Calvin, John (1509-1564) – French reformer, emphasized the “sovereignty of God,” and T.U.L.I.P. [Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Preservation of the Saints.)

Canon – (Greek for “rod of straightness”), something against which an object can be compared for correctness and uniformity). Thus, the sixty-six books of the Bible, recognized by the Council of Carthage in A.D. 397.

Who Are We? - What is a Lutheran?

The answer to this question is simply this, “A Lutheran is a person who believes, teaches, and confesses all the truths of God’s Word as they are summarized and confessed in the Book of Concord.” The Book of Concord contains the Lutheran confessions of faith.

Perhaps you have attended an ordination of a pastor and heard him promise that he will perform the duties of his office in accord with the Lutheran Confessions. Also, when people are received into membership into a Lutheran congregation through confirmation they are asked if they confess the doctrine of the Confessional Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord to be faithful and true.

These solemn promises indicate to us just how important the Lutheran Confessions are for our church. Let’s take a look at the various items contained in the Book of Concord and then see why the Lutheran Confessions are so important for being a Lutheran.


What is the Formula of Concord?

After Luther’s death in 1546, difficult controversies broke out in the Lutheran Church. In 1577, after much debate and struggle, the Formula of Concord put an end to these doctrinal controversies and the Lutheran Church was able to move ahead united in what it believed, taught and confessed. In 1580, all the confessional writings mentioned here were gathered into a single volume, the Book of Concord. The word “Concord” means “harmony.”

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Service Times & Map

Second Saturday of every month: Private Confession & Absolution at 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM, or by special appointment with the Pastor.


Pastor Q & A: 9:00 AM

Adult Bible Time: 9:30 AM

No Children's Bible Time until September

Worship: 10:30 AM

Fellowship: 11:30 AM


Youth Instruction (as needed): 3:30 PM

Wednesday Worship during Advent and Lent

6:00 PM - Light Supper

7:00 PM - Vesper Service

Trinity Orthodox Lutheran Church
4422 Snyder Boulevard
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
P: (520) 458-5897

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