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

King, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929-1968) – American civil rights leader, organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, received Noble Peace Prize in 1964, and even though an ordained Baptist pastor, denied or rejected every major tenet of historic, Biblical Christianity.

Knox, John (1514-1572) – Scottish Reformer and founder of what would become the Presbyterian church; a disciple of both Luther and Calvin, his theology was much more Calvinistic. He supported open rebellion against heretical rulers by commoners and opposed female sovereigns, writing “The First Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women” aimed at Mary Tudor, Mary Stuart, and Elizabeth I.

Livingstone, Dr. Sir David (1813-1873) – Scottish missionary and explorer, writer, geographer, poet, linguist, scientist, and doctor, explored much of central Africa, instrumental in bringing Christianity there.

Liturgy – From the Greek word meaning “to perform a public duty.” It has come to mean a set, prescribed form of public worship. Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican churches are referred to as “liturgical.”

Loyola, Saint (1491-1556) – Spanish reformer and mystic, founder and first general of the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits.

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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