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

Islam – A system of religious belief which holds to monotheism, but denies the Trinity; accepts the Old and New Testaments, but denies the divinity of Jesus, and holds to the teachings of Mohammed as recorded in the Koran.

Jehovah Witness – A non-Christian cult which denies the Trinity, deity of Christ, and hell, and promotes salvation by works, founded by Charles Russell in 1870’s America.

Jerome, Saint (345-419) - Translated the Bible into the common (“vulgar”) language of his day, Latin, from Hebrew and Greek manuscripts.

Josephus, Flavius (37-100) – Ascetic, Jewish priest, general, diplomat, and historian, wrote a history of the Jewish nation, and recorded some of the people and events of Jesus’ day.

Justin Martyr (100-165) – Christian writer who defended his faith against misrepresentation and ridicule of Christianity by pagan Roman philosophers and politicians.

Kierkegaard, Soren (1813-1855) – Danish philosopher and heretic, a forerunner of existentialism, taught that God could not be known since He was “wholly other,” and only by a “leap of faith” could one become a contemporary of Christ and thus transcend time and space and live a Christian life.

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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