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.  This week we are continuing our study on the Ecumenical Creeds.  The worksheet we are using for the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed will be provided, as well as the worksheet for the Athanasian Creed. We are also 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 90 and our catechism lesson will be the Sixth Commandment. We will continue the Second Article by discussing Christ’s Passion.  We will talk about the fact that the Son of God dies on the cross and what that profound statement means.  We will also discuss Christ’s burial.  We will then sing “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” (LSB 450).

We will then talk about Christ’s descent into Hell.  We will talk about what Christ does in Hell and that His descent is part of His exaltation and not part of His humiliation.  We will then sing “Christ is the World’s Redeemer” (LSB 539)

We will move on to discuss Christ’s resurrection from the dead on the third day.  We will discuss how this event was prophesied in the Old Testament and what what Christ’s resurrection means for humanity.  We will then sing “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands” (LSB 458)

Next we will talk about Christ’s ascension into heaven.  We will talk about why He ascended and what gifts He gives to men by His ascension. We will then sing “Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels” (LSB 491)

We will then discuss Christ sitting at the right hand of the Father.  How He now rules over all creation as fully God and fully Man, and works for the benefit of the Church.  We will close by singing “See, the Lord Ascends in Triumph” (LSB 494)

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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