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

Henry VIII of England, (1491-1547) – Second Son of Tudor Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, given the title “Defender of the Faith” by the Pope in 1521 for his “Defense of the Seven Sacraments” against Luther. In 1509 he had married his older brother’s widow, Catherine of Aragon; when she “failed” to produce a male heir Henry divorced her, precipitating the English Reformation against the Pope’s authority.

Heresy – From the Greek word meaning a philosophical school, teaching, party, or division, it took on a negative connotation early in the Christian era to denote any theological error or deviation from orthodox Biblical or church teaching, and which deserves censure.

Herodotus (400′s BC) – Greek traveler and historian, called “The Father of History.”

Higher Criticism – A heretical and dangerous form of Biblical study which place human reason and logic above Scripture.

Hinduism – A system of belief that has as its base Transmigration of the soul; one’s status depends on the conduct in a previous life; the goal is release from rebirth and absorption into God (Brahma).

Hippolytus (died c.236) – Early Christian scholar, wrote “Apostolic Traditions,” which gives a fairly complete picture of Christian worship and church organization in the Third Century.

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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