Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is filled with wonderful pictures of God’s grace for the world, given to the world, through Christ Jesus. Ephesians teaches us how much God so loves the world that the promise of salvation - that came through the Cross of Christ - was preordained before creation itself (1:3-13). Unbelievable! Incredible! God knew what the "cost of salvation" would be before creating! That is love! That is grace!
Our main belief as Lutheran Christians is found Ephesians. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works, so that no one may boast" (2:8-9). With that said, I believe one of our faults is that we feel we don’t have to do anything. For me, and Luther, that is far from the truth as Paul continues to say in the very next verse, "For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works (my emphasis), which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life" (2:10).
Knowing we cannot earn salvation through good works, the purpose for "good works" is to help all people know they, too, are God’s loved and forgiven children, "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation" (1:13a). We are called to use our voices and actions (our works) to further God’s kingdom "On earth, as it is in heaven", so all people can hear, learn, believe-in, and live the "good news" of God’s love for the world, for the sake of the world.
This class is offered on Wednesday mornings at 10:00-11:30. Following our discussion we have a time of Prayer and celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We meet in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited. Also, please feel welcome to invite your family and friends to join us.
Pastor Rick’s Sunday School Class:
How Lutherans Interpret the Bible!
Beginning on Sunday, October 27, we will begin a 7-week Bible Study on How Lutherans Interpret the Bible. Here are some of the things we will learn through our time together:
• What is the "three-fold" Word of God?
• Do we take the Bible "literally"?
• What is the concept of "Law and Gospel"?
• How the Bible is best interpreted?
• How are we to use the Bible to know "Right from Wrong"?
• How we are to "reflect" on Scripture to have God "reveal" scripture more fully to us?
Come Join Us!
Congregation Book Study "The Universal Christ"
by Richard Rohr
We completed this study. If you're reading this, we highly recommend this book. We may read, study, and discuss this book again.
In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Yet Rohr has never written on the most perennially talked about topic in Christianity: Jesus. Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? Is the word simply Jesus’s last name? Too often, Rohr writes, our understandings have been limited by culture, religious debate, and human tendency to put ourselves at the center.
Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world. "God loves things by becoming them," he writes, and Jesus’s life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God - except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us and in everyone we meet.
Thought provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision, The Universal Christ is a landmark book from one of our most beloved spiritual writers and an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is.
This Book Study will help us have a better understanding of God’s love for the world. We will have some very interesting and thought-provoking discussions as we learn and grow in the faith God gives to us; helping us see the "goodness" of The Christ in all things and in all people.