Lutheran Essentials June 6th, 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 Didache.  We will using “The Apostolic Fathers in English Third Edition” by Michael W. Holmes as our text, which we are providing free of charge.  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 101 and our catechism lesson will be on the Tenth Commandment. We will start with reading Didache 5.  We will talk about the Way of Death, that is the way of the world.  We will talk about the evils that we are to avoid as those who tread on the Way of Life; that being debauchery, licentiousness, malice, covetousness, idolatry, etc.  We have been sundered from this Way of Death by Christ’s atonement and now must have nothing to do with it.  We will then sing the hymn “Who Trusts in God a Strong Abode” (LSB 714).

We will then read Didache 6:1-2.  We will talk about how we are to stay on the Way of Life and not choose the Way of Death.  We are not to succumb to false doctrine and the wiles of the world but rather conform ourselves to Scripture.  We will then sing the hymn “O Lord, Look Down From Heaven Behold” (TLH 260).

We will close with reading Didache 6:3.  We will discuss how we are free to eat any food but we must be cognizant of our confession to our neighbor when we do so.  This is especially true when such eating would lead us and our neighbor into syncretism and idolatry.  We will close with the hymn “Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good” (LSB 819).

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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