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.
This week we will continue our study on the New Testament canon with the eighth chapter The New Testament: Writings of the New Era. We will read The Pauline Corpus (pg. 129-132) and talk about the Epistles of Paul and their collection into defined group. We will read From Two Collections to One (pg. 132-133) and talk about Acts. To aide in framing when different books of the Bible were written we will also be handing out a Biblical Timeline put together by Rev. David Kind of University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis (please consider donating to the Build It Back Project). We will finish this chapter by singing the hymn “The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace” (LSB 580).
If we have time we will move forward to the ninth chapter The New Testament: Marcion. The first section Marcion and His Teaching (pg. 134-144) covers the arch-heretic Marcion, and his teachings. The second section Antitheses, Gospel and Apostle (pg. 136-141) covers what Marcion considered canon and his own version of scripture.
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.