Crumbs
August 13, 2020
244. Week of Seventh Sunday after Trinity - Friday
To which denomination is a Christian to belong?
          If you continue in my Word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth; and the truth shall make you free.   John 8:31,32
          There are so many denominations on earth, with various doctrines and various creeds! To which of these denominations is a Christian to belong? To the one which has, teaches, and confesses the entire doctrine of the Word of God in all its purity, and in which the Sacraments are administered as instituted by Christ. It is quite clear that such is the Lord's will. The Lord said to His disciples, and He says it to all Christians: "If you continue in my Word, then are you my disciples indeed." True disciples of Jesus should have, and desire to have, nothing but Jesus' Word, Jesus' doctrine and no other. Then, and then only, do they know the truth, the truth which Christ has brought from heaven for the salvation of poor sinners. And this truth shall make them free of the darkness of error and unbelief in which they are by nature, and give them the true knowledge of all that they possess in Jesus, and make them partakers of all this through faith. When, therefore, our Lord gave His disciples that great royal command to go and make disciples of all nations by teaching them and baptising them, He said: "Teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you."(Matt. 28:20) Always, to the end of the world, the disciples of Jesus are to keep, and to adhere to, what Jesus commanded His first disciples, what He taught them. Be very careful my dear Christian, to belong and adhere to a denomination which has, teaches, and confesses all the doctrines of the Word of Christ in unalloyed purity. Then you have the truth which saves and makes you free.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I desire to be Your true disciple. I desire to have and to hear Your Word only, no word or doctrine of man. O Lord, I beseech You, let me always find a place where Your Word is taught and preached in its truth and purity. Let the fullness of Your truth shine forth on earth, that the darkness of error may not prevail. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 13, 2020