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Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Word and Sacrament

The Foundation of Ministry: Word and Sacraments

God gives many gifts to his people on earth, but none are quite so precious as the gifts of His Word and the Sacraments. Through the reading, hearing, preaching, and receiving of His Word, we find forgiveness, grace, and eternal life. Through the sacramental gifts of the Lord’s Supper and Holy Baptism, the Word is given in tangible form and our faith is given a physical reality.

As a pastoral student at CTSFW, you will learn to proclaim the Word clearly and to rightly administer the Sacraments. Through courses with our professors, the worship life in Kramer Chapel and being a part of our campus community, you will come to understand and value these gifts God has given His people even more richly. As you complete your program, you will take that love and knowledge and use it to feed and serve God’s people¬†faithfully for years to come.

The Words of our Lord

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

“We believe, teach, and confess that the sole rule and standard according to which all dogmas together with [all] teachers should be estimated and judged are the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures of the Old and of the New Testament alone, as it is written Ps. 119:105: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. And St. Paul: Though an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you, let him be accursed, Gal. 1:8.”

Epitome of the Formula of Concord, 1

“Now, what is the Sacrament of the Altar?

Answer: It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, in and under the bread and wine which we Christians are commanded by the Word of Christ to eat and to drink. 9] And as we have said of Baptism that it is not simple water, so here also we say the Sacrament is bread and wine, but not mere bread and wine, such as are ordinarily served at the table, but bread and wine comprehended in, and connected with, the Word of God.”

Luther LC, VII, 8-9

I Baptize You...

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

“Here you see again how highly and precious we should esteem Baptism, because in it we obtain such an unspeakable treasure, which also indicates sufficiently that it cannot be ordinary mere water. For mere water could not do such a thing, but the Word does it, and (as said above) the fact that the name of God is comprehended therein. But where the name of God is, there must be also life and salvation, that it may indeed be called a divine, blessed, fruitful, and gracious water; for by the Word such power is imparted to Baptism that it is a laver of regeneration, as St. Paul also calls it in Titus 3:5.”

Luther LC, VI, 26-27