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Christian Character FormationLutheran Studies of the Law, Anthropology, Worship, and Virtue$
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Gifford A. Grobien

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198746195.001.0001

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Virtue, Community, and Instruction for Ethical Formation

Virtue, Community, and Instruction for Ethical Formation

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Christian Character Formation

Gifford A. Grobien

Oxford University Press

This chapter revisits the role of worship and instruction in the law in view of the previous chapters. The Church itself is characterized by preaching and the administration of the sacraments, by gathering for worship and prayer, and by suffering trials together. These practices strengthen and shape the virtues of faith, hope, and love, which lead a person into true Christian holiness. The Ten Commandments take concrete shape in instruction in the life of the Church. Both the convicting and instructive uses of the law remain without detracting from each other, as Christians continue to grow in awareness of areas in which they need to continue to repent, and of ways to develop good works.

Keywords:   Ten Commandments, function/use of the law, Church, virtue, faith, hope, love, holiness

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