Lutheran Essentials August 29th, 2018

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.  You can also join us remotely via our livestream.  Our current study is on the Smalcald Articles.  We are providing hard copies of the Book of Concord for free, as well as copies of the Lutheran Service Book.

We will open class with Psalm 111 and our catechism lesson will be on the Fifth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. We will then read Part III Article II: The Law.  We will discuss how the Law is God’s perfect will for our lives.  The Law has three uses to curb sin, to show us our sin, and to guide Christians in living according to God’s will.  We will discuss the second use and how it the Law prepares the way for the Gospel by showing that we cannot justify ourselves.  We will close this section by singing the hymn “The Law of God Is Good and Wise” (LSB 579).

We will then turn to read Part III Article III: Repentance.  We will discuss how true repentance has two parts, contrition and faith.  We will discuss false repentance, namely that one can simply go through the motions and be repentant.  Rather faith is necessary for true repentance which then drives one to seek the mercy of God.  We will close with singing the hymn “From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee” (LSB 607).

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.

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