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The Church Fulfills Its Role as Its Brother’s Keeper

Since Jesus, the Good Shepherd, spared no pain to find the lost sheep, so Christ’s Church will
diligently use God’s law and gospel to call the erring brother to repentance. The object is always to win
the brother over. The church speaks with Christ’s full authority when it declares God’s judgment upon
the impenitent sinner and pronounces full forgiveness to the penitent sinner.