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

Diaspora – Refers to the “dispersion” or scattering of the Jews, beginning in the eight century B.C., and continuing up through the nineteenth century A.D.

Didache – A Greek handbook of instruction in morals and church order written for the early Christian churches about A.D. 100; gives us a fairly clear picture of early Church worship and practice.

Diet – A meeting, usually called by the Pope or the Holy Roman Emperor, to decide a particular issue in the church government.

Dionysius Exiguus, (c.540) – Roman historian, the first to use Christ’s incarnation as the basis for a calendar; he was at least four, and perhaps more, years off, which has never been corrected.

Dispensationalism – the unBiblical teaching that God deals differently with mankind during different eras of history. Seven such dispensations are usually taught: Innocence [before the Fall], Conscience [before the Flood], Human Government [to Abraham], Promise [to Moses], Law [to Christ], Grace [NT age], the Kingdom [the Millennium], and the Eternal State [heaven]; promoted vigorously by C.I. Scofield (1843-1921) and the still popular “Scofield Study Bibles.”

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 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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