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Martin Luther And Ministry Within The Church

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This chapter explains the theological boundaries within which Martin Luther developed his thoughts about theology of ministry. The fundamental task of the minister is to be the servant of the Word because this is the only way in which faith can be generated. The importance of the faithful is given theological significance with the scriptural expression: ?priesthood of all believers.' At the level of the church, the public ministry of Word and sacrament applies, which has also been instituted by Christ, but which is additionally dependent on a particular call from the church. The way in which Luther developed his theology of ministry from his central theme of justification by faith leads to the question of how Zwingli and Calvin connected their theology of ministry with their central theological themes and whether they relativized the importance of ministry.

Keywords: Christ; Martin Luther; ministry



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