Lutheran Essentials meets in the undercroft of the church on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. You can reach the undercroft by going around to the back parking lot of the church and descending the staircase to the kitchen. Knock on the door if it is closed and some one will let you in. Our current study is on the Canon of Scripture. The book we are using is F. F. Bruce’s “The Canon of Scripture”. If you do not have a copy we are providing them for free. We are also continuing to provide the Book of Concord for free.
This week we will reading through the seventh chapter The Old Testament: Before and After the Reformation. We will read the section on Jerome to the Reformation (pg. 98-100) where we will discuss how the loss of literacy and growth of scholasticism impacted the view of the canon of the Old Testament up to the Reformation. We will then read The Reformers and the Old Testament Canon (pg. 101-104) and discuss how the Reformation changed our view of the Old Testament canon and what Martin Luther thought about the Old Testament. We will then read The Council of Trent (pg. 104-105) to learn what the Roman Catholic response to the Reformers was. We will skip the rest of the chapter as it focuses more on the development of the Bible in England, which while interesting is not cogent to the topic at hand. We will finish this chapter by singing the hymn “Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide” (LSB 585). This will close out our discussion of the canon of the Old Testament.
We will then start our study on the New Testament canon with the eighth chapter The New Testament: Writings of the New Era. We will begin by reading The Lord and the Apostles (pg. 117-124) and look at how the Christian Church started and grew in the 1st Century along with growth of the New Testament writings and the view of their inspiration. Given the length of this section we will probably not get any further than this point in this chapter.
As always new people are always welcome to this study at any point during the class. Please talk to the Pastor, Elders or Paul Edmon if you have any questions.