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The origin of the lcms

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    • The Origin of the LCMS
      The important people, events, and circumstances that brought about the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
    • Reasons for Leaving Europe
      • Rationalism
      • The destruction of Lutheran doctrine
      • Prussian Union was forcing Lutheran and Reformed churches to hold joint services
      • Confessional Lutheranism, Lutheranism that advocated a return to Reformation doctrines, was arising
      • Congregations were disbanded
    • Immigration
      • 5 ships set out from Germany
      • 700 people including pastors, teachers, and seminary students
      • 4 ships arrived in New Orleans after 2-3 months of travel
      • Later moved to St. Louis, MO
    • Differing Roles
      Martin Stephan vs. C.F.W. Walther
    • Martin Stephan
      • Stood for “Old Lutheranism”
      • Convinced many people to go to America
      • Became enamored with his own success
      • Accused of adultery with several women
      • Expelled from the colonies as ex-bishop
    • C.F.W. Walther
      • Born in 1811
      • Studied theology at the University of Leipzig
      • Strongly believed the teachings of Martin Luther
      • First president of the LCMS(1847-1850)
      • President of Concordia Theological Seminary in both St. Louis and Ft. Wayne
      • Died in 1887 and buried at Concordia Cemetery
    • The Altenburg Debate
      Unanswered questions – “Are our calls valid?” “Is this truly a church?”
      Walther’s 8 Theses
      The true church is made up of all those who believe in God’s word and the institution of Christ
      Without the church, there is no salvation
    • Higher education was necessary
      Children would eventually lose German language, heritage, and their Lutheran faith
      Understanding leads to enlightenment
      Must be well grounded in general learning
      Children must be taught of the great riches and gifts of God
      Walther on Christian Education
    • Sources
      • Suelflow, August Robert. "It Began in Europe/ New Horizons in America." Servant of the Word: the Life and Ministry of C.F.W. Walther. St. Louis: Concordia Pub., 2000. 11-61. Print.
      • "C.F.W. Walther." Concordia Historical Institute: Department of Archives and History, LCMS. Web. 17 Jan. 2011. <http://www.lutheranhistory.org/collections/fa/m-0004.htm