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. Our current study is 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.
We will open our study with Psalm 6, our catechetical lesson will be on Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed from the Small Catechism. We will read the Second Gift of Faith: The True Worship of God (pg. 19-22) from “On the Freedom of a Christian”. This faith that we are given by the Word gives us the one true God and right doctrine. This is all by gift, for it would not be true faith if it did not believe and trust in the only true God. We will continue with singing “Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good” (LSB 819).
We will then read the Third Gift of Faith: Union with Christ (pg. 22-33). By faith we are united with Christ via the marriage of Christ to His Church. In this blessed union and exchange, Christ gives His Bride everything He has: His purity, His honor, His dominion; and He takes on everything that is hers: her sin, her shame, her bondage. Thus as Christ our bridegroom is free, so we are free. We will close with the hymn “The Church’s One Foundation” (LSB 644).
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.