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Table of Contents

Preface.. 3

Suggested Reading List. 5

Introduction: 15

Lower Criticism.. 15

Higher Criticism – The Historical Critical Method.. 29

The King James Version.. 40

Summary.. 65

Appendix One: Make Disciples. 71

Appendix Two: 76

Comparison of Translations. 76

Chapter One: Efficacy.. 81

The Pauline Example. 82

Energeia, energeia.. 87

Conversion of Grace Fuller.. 88

The Word as a Sword—Hebrews 4:12. 90

Conversion of John Newton.. 91

Effective Prayer in James 5:16. 94

Satan Effective—2 Thessalonians 2:7, 9, 11. 95

The Effective Door, 1 Corinthians 16:9. 98

The Great Doxology in Ephesians 1:3-14. 99

The Great Quickening in Ephesians 2:1-10. 103

Divine Unity in Ephesians 4:16. 104

Conversion of St. Augustine. 105

The Conversion of Paul, Ephesians 3:7. 106

Energies Energized by God; 1 Corinthians 12. 110

Note the Spirit, Not the Gift, 1 Corinthians 12:11. 110

The Word and the Cross. 112

Effective in Galatia.. 114

Faith Works by Love, Galatians 5:6. 116

To Will and to Do God’s Will, Philipians 2:13. 117

Effective in Transforming, Philipians 3:20. 118

Active in Colosse; 1:28, 2:12. 119

Effectual in Acknowledging, Philemon 1:6. 121

Synoptic Energy, Matthew 14:2; Mark 6:14. 121

Appendix One: The Word As a Sword.. 123

Efficacy In The Book Of Concord.. 124

Chapter Two: Efficacy Passages. 129

The Means of Grace Chapter – Isaiah 55. 129

The Sower and the Seed in Mark 4:3-9. 142

Incorruptible Seed in 1 Peter 1:23. 147

The Engrafted Word in James 1:21. 149

The Parable of the Tares in Matthew 13:24-30. 152

Parable of the Tares Explained in Matthew 13:36-43. 153

Jonah, the Reluctant Missionary to the Gentiles. 155

God Gives the Increase in 1 Corinthians 3:4-9. 157

The True Vine in John 15:1-8. 161

Inevitable Growth in Matthew 13:33. 164

The Mustard Seed in Matthew 13:31-32. 166

Word of God More Powerful than Godless Preachers. 168

Chapter Three: Creation.. 169

Efficacy Denied.. 169

Creation from Nothing.. 173

Garden Seeds for Mary and Matthew... 179

Seed Growing Secretly.. 185

Bulbs for Miranda, Robert, and Tommy.. 186

The Creation in Genesis. 188

Roses for Josephine and Danielle. 190

The Biblical Witness to Creation.. 192

Creation in the New Testament. 194

New Testament and Creation.. 199

Creation and Faith.. 200

New Creature. 201

Misuse of Creation.. 218

Chapter Four: A Catechism... 219

1. Is God always active through the Word?. 220

2. What New Testament text supports this claim?. 221

3. What other passages in the Scriptures support this?. 222

4. Why do we use the terms efficacious or effective?. 224

5. Is Satan also effective?. 225

6. How can we claim that the Word alone is effective?. 226

7. Why do some claim they can add to or detract from the Word?. 227

8. Do we create obstacles to God’s Word?. 228

9. Did Jesus believe in the efficacy of the Word?. 228

10. Did Jesus use miracles to convert people to faith?. 230

11. Does love make us effective?. 230

12. Can unfriendly ushers neutralize a Law/Gospel sermon?. 233

13. Does God limit Himself to the Word?. 234

14. Successful Sermons. 235

15. How do we number the Sacraments?. 245

16. Why is infant Baptism such a great comfort?. 246

17. Why do we say that God acts through Baptism?. 246

18. How is the Word effective in Holy Communion?. 248

19. How can we imagine Christ being bodily present in Holy Communion?  249

Luther’s Catechism.. 250

Chapter Five: Justification by Faith.. 251

Introduction: 251

Lutherans Abandon Justification by Faith.. 251

Part Two: The Bible. 256

Part Three: Justification in the Book of Concord.. 273

Part Four: The Kokomo/LCMS Error, Forgiveness Without Faith.. 283

Part Five: The CTCR Document as the Abomination of Desolation.. 307

Part Six: A Summary of Justification by Faith.. 310

Appendix: Synonyms for Atonement. 323

Chapter Six: The Efficacy Of False Doctrine.. 337

False Teachers Are Peacocks. 359

Satan the Exegete. 360

Satan’s Work.. 368

Using the Scriptures to Destroy the Word of God.. 374

False Doctrine Promoted by Conservative Lutherans. 378

Part Two.. 387

In the Name of Love. 396

Closing of the Formula of Concord.. 401

Unionism.. 402

Fellowship. 408

Luther’s Rebuke to George Major.. 411

Appendix: Joint Work in WELS, ELCA, LCMS. 414

Chapter Seven: Zwingli, Calvin, Pietism – The Dead Word.. 421

Introduction to Enthusiasm.. 421

Part One: Huldreich Zwingli 424

Part Two: John Calvin.. 433

Part Three: Jacob Spener and Pietism.. 450

Appendix: Cell Group Quotations. 476

Chapter Eight: The Visible Word,. 483

Introduction.. 483

The Visible Word.. 484

Part One: Baptism.. 491

Part Two: Holy Communion.. 527

Chapter Nine: The Law... 547

Introduction.. 547

Part One: Attributes of the Law... 560

Part Two: Lawless Legalists. 575

Appendix: The More Glorious Ministry of the Gospel. 581

Right and Wrong.. 586

Chapter Ten: Practical Applications. 587

A Pyramid of Lapdogs. 587

Worship God in the Beauty of His Holiness. 588

Lutheran Hymns. 592

The Sermon.. 599

Lutherans Write about the Sermon.. 603

The Pastor’s Role. 606

Crisis: The Pastoral Shortage. 609

Things To Do During the Collapse of The Lutheran Church.. 614

Proclaiming the Efficacious Word.. 618

Words of Comfort. 618

Martin Luther’s Gospel Admonition.. 629

Lutherans We Should Know... 631

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