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

Crypto-Calvinist – a Lutheran in name, but a follower of Calvin’s theology in practice.

Dante, Alighieri (1265-1321) – Italian poet, writer of “The Divine Comedy,” an allegory of Christian progression after death; gave popular expression to the false Roman Catholic teachings of “limbo” and “purgatory.”

Darwin, Charles (1809-1882) – English natural scientist, formulated his theory of evolution, originally called “Transmutation of Species,” during a five-year voyage around S. America. He published his “Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” in 1859. Since then he wavered continually between agnosticism and Christian faith. His private nurse records that he returned to faith by reading the Book of Hebrews shortly before his death. This is vehemently denied by his followers today.

Dead Sea Scrolls – Ancient documents written by the Jewish sects of the Essenes between 150 B.C. and A.D. 70, discovered in 1947; contains all or portions of every OT Book, and proves the Old Testament’s reliability and authenticity.

Deism – Religious rationalism which sees God as a clock-maker, who gave the world its impetus and then left it to run its course on its own. The most prominent religious view among many of the U.S. “Founding Fathers.”

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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