Lutheran Essentials meets in the undercroft of the church on Wednesdays 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. We are finishing our study on Martin Luther’s “On the Freedom of a Christian”. As part of the class we are handing out copies of “On the Freedom of a Christian” for free as well as copies of the Book of Concord and the Lutheran Service Book. Our next topic will be on the Ecumenical Creeds.
We will open our study with Psalm 9, our catechetical lesson will be on the Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer from the Small Catechism. We will read Liberty Is Not A License to Sin (pg. 47-66) from “On the Freedom of a Christian”. We will talk about how the freedom we have in the Gospel does not mean that we can do whatever we want. We should become neither antinomians or legalists, but rather go the middle road. We also need to use our freedom to defy the tyranny of those who wish to bind consciences regarding works. That said we are to subject ourselves to rules and regulations for the sake of the weak. Our works of defiance or deference must always be in freedom for the good of the neighbor and the promulgation of the Gospel. We will close with the hymn “May God Bestow on Us His Grace” (LSB 823).
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.