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Word for Today

But when [Joseph] had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)

Pastor Spencer – Did you ever listen extra carefully to what the angel said to Joseph? Note that he said, “. . . will SAVE HIS PEOPLE from their sins.” Here the angel was not speaking only of the fact that Joseph’s step-son would be the one and only accepted sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, and thus through Him all sins of every person would be paid for. No, he was saying much more than that. Jesus will SAVE, that is, bring to heaven, HIS PEOPLE, those who are His, that believe in His name and His salvation, which faith He gives to them through the working of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel in Word and Sacraments. Now, that’s a mouthful! Saving people from their sins means paying for those sins, but it also means doing all that is necessary to bring them to saving faith and keeping them in that faith unto eternal life. Way to go, Jesus!

(I’ll be out of town for a few days. Will be here for Sunday worship, and back at this on Monday morning. Have a blessed weekend!)

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 connection between the Bible and the Confessions?

In the Formula of Concord Lutherans confess that, “The Word of God is and should remain the sole rule and norm of all doctrine.” In other words, what the Bible asserts, God asserts. What the Bible commands, God commands. The authority of the Scriptures is complete, certain, and absolutely final. The Scriptures are accepted by the Lutheran Confessions as what they are – the actual Word of God. The Lutheran Confessions urge us to believe that Bible is God’s “pure, infallible, and unalterable Word.” And, because the Confessions are in complete doctrinal agreement with the written Word of God, they serve as the standard in the Lutheran Church to determine what is faithful Biblical teaching and what is not.

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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 and Children's Bible Time: 9:30 AM

Worship: 10:25 AM

Fellowship: 11:30 AM


Bible Break 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM


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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