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 on the FLC YouTube. Our current study is on the Ecumenical Creeds. You can find digital copies of the worksheets for the creeds here: Apostles’ and Nicene Creed; Athanasian Creed. Printed copies are available at the church. We are also handing out copies of the Book of Concord and the Lutheran Service Book for free.
We will open our study with Psalm 16, our catechetical lesson will be on the First Part on Holy Baptism from the Small Catechism. We will continue our study of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds by closing out our discussion of the divinity of Christ. We will talk about how the Word was involved in the creation of the world. How God the Father made all things with His Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. We will then sing the hymn “Thy Strong Word” (LSB 578).
Next we will move on to discuss why the Son of God came to earth. Namely, because of His great love for lost humanity. It is for the sake of salvation that He comes. We will continue by singing the hymn “O Love How Deep” (LSB 544).
This decent to earth of the Son of God was via the Incarnation which we will talk about next. That Jesus Christ, now true God and man, is incarnated by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary. For this reason Mary rightly called the Mother of God. We will then sing the hymn “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came” (LSB 356).
We will close out our discussion of the Incarnation by contemplating the profound mystery of God becoming man. That now and forever man is united to God in the person of Jesus Christ. That it was no angel that God sent but rather it was the very Son of God that became man for us and now has exalted humanity to the highest heights of heaven. We will close with the hymn “All My Heart Again Rejoices” (LSB 360).
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.