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date: 18 October 2019

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Luther taught that God calls human beings to live for their neighbours, not for themselves, within the context of the three ‘estates’ which defined medieval society: church, secular government, and the household (both family and economic life). These callings provide structure for the practice of the godly life in service to others. Gustaf Wingren’s classical study of this concept in Luther’s thoughts demonstrates how the callings discipline and guide carrying out the tasks of the sanctified believer.

Keywords: calling, love for neighbour, sanctification

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