Lutheran Essentials May 9th, 2017

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 99 and our catechism lesson will be on the Eighth Commandment. We will start with reading Didache 1:2-6.  We will talk about the First Commandment of the Way of Life and how it is a positive presentation of the Law. We will also discuss how this relates to the Third Use of the Law.  We will then sing the hymn “The Law of God is Good and Wise” (LSB 576).

We will then read Didache 2.  We will discuss the Second Commandment of the Way of Life and how it is a negative presentation of the Law.  We will also discuss what it means to be double minded and the difference between hatred and reproof.  We with then sing the hymn “These Are the Holy Ten Commands” (LSB 581).

If we have time we will also read Didache 3-4.  We discuss the things we are to do and things we are not to do.  We will talk about praying for pastors, giving to beggars, raising our children in the faith, and how we are not to be hypocrites. We will also discuss how we are not to lose heart in keeping the Law even when we see the wicked prosper.  We will close with singing “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee” (LSB 750).

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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