Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | July 8, 2009

Quotes from Concord — Table of Duties

[IX] Table of Duties
CONSISTING OF CERTAIN PASSAGES OF THE SCRIPTURES, SELECTED
FOR VARIOUS ESTATES AND CONDITIONS OF MEN, BY
WHICH THEY MAY BE ADMONISHED TO DO
THEIR RESPECTIVE DUTIES

Bishops, Pastors, and Preachers
“A bishop must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher, no drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and no lover of money. He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way. He must not be a recent convert,” etc. (1 Tim. 3:2-6).
Duties Christians Owe Their Teachers and Pastors
“Remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages” (Luke 10:7). “The Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:14). “Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived; God is not mocked” (Gal. 6:6, 7). “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching; for the scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain,’ and ‘The laborer deserves his wages’” (1 Tim. 5:17, 18). “We beseech you, brethren, to respect those who labor among you and who are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves” (1 Thess. 5:12, 13). “Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you” (Heb. 13:17).
Governing Authorities
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. He who is in authority does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer” (Rom. 13:1-4).
Duties Subjects Owe to Governing Authorities
“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21). “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due” (Rom. 13:1, 5-7). “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way” (1 Tim. 2:1-2). “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work” (Tit. 3:1). “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right” (1 Pet. 2:13, 14).
Husbands
“You husbands, live considerately with your wives, bestowing honor on the woman as the weaker sex, since you are joint heirs of the grace of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Pet. 3:7). “Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them” (Col. 3:19).(tr-563)
Wives
“You wives, be submissive to your husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are now her children if you do right and let nothing terrify you” (1 Pet. 3:1, 6).
Parents
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, lest they become discouraged, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21).
Children
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise) ‘that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth’” (Eph. 6:1-3).
Laborers and Servants, Male and Female
“Be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling, with singleness of heart, as to Christ; not in the way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free” (Eph. 6:5-8).
Masters and Mistresses
“Masters, do the same to them, and forbear threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him” (Eph. 6:9).
Young Persons in General
“You that are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you” (1 Pet. 5:5, 6).
Widows
“She who is a real widow, and is left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day; whereas she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives” (1 Tim. 5:5, 6).
Christians in General
“The commandments are summed up in this sentence: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Rom. 13:9). “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men” (1 Tim. 2:1).
15 Let each his lesson learn with care
And all the household well will fare.’

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