Origen

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.  Our current study is 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 12.  The Small Catechism lesson is the Fifth Commandment.

This week we will continue our study on the New Testament canon with the fourteenth chapter The New Testament: Tertullian, Cyprian and Others.  We will read the section on Tertullian (pg. 180-183) and discuss his usage of the New Testament and the heresy of Montanism.  We will skip the other sections of this chapter.  We will finish this chapter by singing the hymn “God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It” (LSB 594).

We will then move forward and read the fifteenth chapter The New Testament: The Alexandrian Fathers.  We will read the first and second sections on Clement (pg. 186-192) and Origen (pg. 192-195) and discuss their thoughts on the New Testament canon.  We will skip the rest of the sections in this chapter.  We close this chapter by singing Clement’s hymn “Shepherd of Tender Youth” (LSB 864).

If we have time we will move on to read the sixteenth chapter The New Testament: Eusebius of Caesarea (pg. 197-207).

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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