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LUTHERANISM 101 INVITATION
Greetings in the Name of Jesus!
Merry Christmas to all of you! You are receiving this invitation either because you requested it or your name was recommended for it. One of the greatest things about a new year is a fresh start, that is why we make all sorts of resolutions and so forth. It is an exciting time of year for all of us.
Within the Church it is a very good time. We hear about Jesus being born, about angels and shepherds, Mary and Joseph, and the Magi visiting from the East. It is also a great time of year to have another class of Lutheranism 101 offered for those interested about Lutherans or joining Our Savior Lutheran Church. For those interested in membership it will serve as a basic introduction to what Lutherans believe and why. For those who just want to know more it will help provide some insight into family and friends that are Lutherans.
The class begins on January 8th, 2012 and is about ten weeks long. It meets on Sundays from 9:30-10:30 AM which is conveniently in between our two services. Come for the class and also come for our Divine Services. They are really the reason we gather. If there are extenuating circumstances that make it hard for you to attend this time, please let me know as I also conduct private instruction as time allows. Come and join us for the class.
If you can, please let me know by email or phone call if you would like to attend so that I can make room for you and order the materials for you to read along with the class
It is my greatest joy to teach about Lutheranism to those who are interested in learning. I think you will find the class an excellent time of learning and reflecting upon the great things that our God has done for us in Christ Jesus.
The Two Religions (Do and Done; Grace vs. Works)
How do we know God? (Nature, Conscience, and Revelation)
Small Catechism: p. 48; 104-105
Lutheranism 101: p. 26-27
The Bible (Inspiration, inerrancy, efficacy)
Small Catechism: p. 48-51
Lutheranism 101: p. 70-72; 116-127
Creation and Fall (Genesis 1-2; Evolution; Genesis 3; Grace in the midst of Judgment)
Small Catechism: p. 98-100; 110-112
Lutheranism 101: p. 26-36
Ten Commandments (Three Uses)
Small Catechism: p. 54-96
Lutheranism 101: p. 31-36; 243-250
Law and Gospel (Distinctions; Motivations)
Small Catechism: p. 5-53; 96-101
Lutheranism 101: p. 127-136
Small Catechism: p. 102-105
Lutheranism 101: p. 18; 236-241
Small Catechism: p. 105-108
Lutheranism 101: p. 26-28
God the Father (Creation and Preservation)
Small Catechism: p. 108-119
Lutheranism 101: p. 26-31
God the Son (person, Divinity and Humanity)
Small Catechism: p. 119-146
Lutheranism 101: p. 36-51; 82-92
God the Son (work, Atonement; Justification; Sanctification)
God the Holy Spirit (Who; Where; What)
Small Catechism: p. 147-157
Lutheranism 101: p. 87-91
Lord’s Prayer (Example; Explanations)
Small Catechism: p. 174-201
Lutheranism 101: p. 87-91
Catch Up Time
Means of Grace (Delivering the Goods to here and now)
Small Catechism: p. 164-168; 202-203
Lutheranism 101: p. 116-166
Holy Baptism (What is it, what gifts are given through it)
Small Catechism: p. 204-216
Lutheranism 101: p. 135-139
Confession and Absolution (Private Absolution)
Small Catechism: p. 217-230
Lutheranism 101: p. 139-147
Church and Ministry (What is it; Where is it; Pastors; Women’s Ordination)
Small Catechism: p. 157-164; 227-228
Lutheranism 101: p. 73-82; 95-107; 111-116
Lord’s Supper (Words and Institution; Closed Communion; Frequency; What is it)
Small Catechism: p. 231-245
Lutheranism 101: p. 147-166
How to Examine Yourself (Christian Questions and their Answers)
Small Catechism: p. 40-44
Lutheranism 101: p. 163-166
Worship (Empty Sack; Liturgy and Hymnody)
Small Catechism: p. 68-72
Lutheranism 101: p. 204-236
Devotions/Piety (Morning and Evening Prayers; Materials)
Small Catechism: p. 32-34
Lutheranism 101: p. 23; 67-70; 87-91
Vocation (Table of Duties; Evangelism)
Small Catechism: p. 35-39; 162-164
Lutheranism 101: p. 250-255
End of the World (Amillenialism)
Small Catechism: p. 168-173
Lutheranism 101: p. 51-63
End of Life (Soul/Body; Funerals)
Small Catechism: p. 168-173
Lutheranism 101: p. 51-63
Small Catechism: p. 118-119; 163-164
Lutheranism 101: p. 255-257
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All Christians are Theologians, the Augsburg Confession – written by a layman and confessed by laymen.
By Pastor Scheer
I have often heard people say to me as a pastor you are a pastor, you need to know all of that doctrine stuff . Often people think that just because they are laity they are not meant to know all of that technical stuff. As Lutherans, we believe differently, that all Christians are given to know the whole Truth of the Scriptures, all of the teachings are meant to be learned and inwardly digested as we pray in the Collect For the Word.
This month provides us with a great opportunity to celebrate both our Lutheran heritage and also our laity (or as Luther classified them, hearers ). On June 25th the Lutheran Church celebrates the 481st anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. The Augsburg Confession is the foundational statement of what we Lutherans believe. It was written by Dr. Philip Melancthon, a layman who had learned from Luther the teachings from Scripture and was able to put them into a courageous confession.
The courageous Augsburg Confession gives us pause as Lutherans. In 1530 the Emperor could have easily executed the Lutherans for opposing the Pope. In the face of such danger, Dr. Melancthon went to work on writing the Augsburg Confession using materials from Luther and others and finally coming up with what we have today in our Book of Concord. This Confession was dangerous for Melancthon, but it became dangerous for even more laymen. At Augsburg, seven Lutheran princes and two mayors confessed their faith right in front of the Emperor and the officials representing the Pope. These laymen knew the danger in presenting the Truth of the Scriptures in opposition to the false doctrines that had crept into the Church over the years. Their faith compelled them to confess Christ even in a dangerous situation.
The Lutheran faith is not meant to be kept only to the clergy, but it is a faith born out of the Scriptures for all Christians to know and confess. It is a faith not meant to be secret, but openly confessed before emperors and neighbors alike. This means that Lutherans never stop teaching the faith to each other, clergy to laity, parents to children, teachers to pupils. It is our faith, given to us by God, and brilliantly confessed in both the written Augsburg Confession but also the deeds of those faithful laymen who confessed it so long ago. May their example of faith and courage encourage us in our life together as Lutherans. The world is a hurting place, and we Lutherans have the balm for the world s woe, the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ and the right administration of the Sacraments. These things give us the freedom to serve the neighbors that God has put before us in our daily lives (clergy and laity).
I would encourage you to crack out a copy of your Small Catechism once again, and take it to heart, for the teachings which God has preserved among us to this time are the answers to the questions of the day. You are theologians too.
Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being
prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with
gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:14b-15
Blessings as you contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to all the saints (Jude 3),
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