Doctrines of Church and Ministry

I think it important to lay out the critical doctrines and ask questions related to each, so that doctrine becomes the basis for our practice. My goal is to stimulate doctrinal and theological reflection, examination, and purpose in determining who we are and where we as Lutherans stand on this issues.

Background reading:

Matthew 16:13-20; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Peter 2:8-9; Ephesians 4:11-32; Matthew 28:16-20; Matthew 18:15-20; Matthew 24:4-5, 10-11, 24; Acts 20:27-32; Romans 16:17-18; Ephesians 6:10-17; Galatians 1:6-10; 3:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 13:17

Augsburg V (Ministry of the Church/Office of the Ministry), Augsburg VII (The Church), Augsburg VIII (What the Church is); Apology VII and VIII (The Church); Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope.

1. Priesthood of All Believers

What is the Church?

What is the doctrine of the Priesthood of all believers?

How does that relate to the authority/privileges of Baptism, Lord’s Supper, Absolution?

What congregational responsibilities are included in Priesthood of all believers?

What about avoiding false teaching?

What responsibilities do congregational members have relative to their pastors?


Author: exegete77

disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, and theologian

2 thoughts on “Doctrines of Church and Ministry”

  1. Rich,
    I finally found your site. Thanks for you call the other evening. I’ve already been wrestling with these questions over email, but will start posting some responses here.



  2. Interestingly enough these are questions we are trying to answer in our 1st Year Dogmatics class at Concordia Theological Seminary. Lutheran laity hear this term “Priesthood of all believers” and they often think it gives them more license to do things that are only part of the Pastoral office. If this were the case what would be the point of Seminary because everyone would then be a “Priest”?

    I will comment on some other of your points later. Hope to see you come to the Sem again Rich. I enjoyed having lunch with you back in August.



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