Lutheran Essentials meets in the undercroft of the church on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.  This week we are beginning a new study on the Canon of Scripture.  The book we are using is F. F. Bruce’s “The Canon of Scripture”.  If you do not have a copy we are providing them for free.  We are also continuing to provide the Book of Concord for free.

The Psalm for this session is Psalm 119:161-168 (Sin and Shin).  The Small Catechism lesson is the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer.

This week we will finish reading through the first chapter Introduction: Holy Scripture. We will read the section on The Two Testaments (pg. 19-22), discuss the reason why we call the first and second halves of the Bible the Old and New Testaments, and we will discuss God’s old covenant and His new testament.  We will then read the section on A Closed Canon (pg. 22-23) and discuss what it means to have a closed canon.  Finally we will read Liturgical Recognition (pg. 23-24) and discuss our recognition of God’s Word in the liturgy.  We will finish this chapter by singing the hymn “I Know My Faith Is Founded” (LSB 587).

Time permitting we will move on to start on The Old Testament: The Law and the Prophets.  We will read the section on Jesus’ Appeal to the Hebrew Scriptures (pg. 27-28), discuss who Christ is, and how He used the Scriptures.  The person of Christ will become the lynchpin for the rest of the study as the basis of what Scripture is rests on who we think Jesus of Nazareth is.

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.  Have a blessed 6th week of Easter.


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