SUNDAYS 9:25AM -- SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS
Power and Right!
Time: 9:25-10:25AM Sundays
Instructor: Pastor Backus
Description: In Lutheran preaching and teaching, the centrality of the cross is paramount. Consider with me for a moment what the cross of Christ means for us. First, it is vital for our salvation (Justification) and second, it is essential to our life this side of heaven (sanctification). Consider that:
- There’s no discipleship without self-denial.
- There’s no leadership without service
- There’s no love without sacrifice.
Those axioms help call to mind the humble, seemingly powerless, yielding, submissive nature of the cross in our lives, don’t they? Yet our first fall Sunday morning Adult Bible Study aims to round out our understanding of the centrality of the cross, but in a way that highlights the God-given power and right we hold as Christians. Yes, POWER and RIGHT!
In fact, that power and right jingles in our hand. Like a teenager holding his own car keys for the first time, the Christian recognizes the wow-factor of this spiritual bling she holds. These two special spiritual keys do what you would expect them to do: lock and unlock. But the door they work on is the very pearly gate of heaven! We need to dive into this! The power and right you have was given to you by your Savior Jesus. Brothers and sisters, let me state it again: you hold the keys to the door of heaven! Use them faithfully, carefully, and often! I hope I’ve piqued your interest to examine this special power and right. Let’s take up a study of the fifth chief part of the Small Catechism. It’s title could strike you as mundane, but its content and practical application are vital for every relationship, every marriage. It fills the family with love and strengthens the spiritual muscle of this congregation.
Study The Keys and Confession with me beginning September 9.
Our focus will be something like this:
September 9—I have the Keys
September 16—I Share the Keys
September 23—The Keys Abused
September 30—I’m Locked Out; Help!
October 7—Heaven’s Open; I’m Forgiven
WEDNESDAY 8:30AM -- ISAIAH
Current Course: ISAIAH
Time: Wednesdays 8:30-10:00am, year round
Location: Fellowship Hall
Instructor: Pastor Pries
Materials needed: Bibles, pens and study guides are provided
Style: Question and answer
Description: From B.C. to present, and throughout the church year (Advent to End Times), God’s people have listened to Isaiah’s scroll being read in worship. Why? Because it is Isaiah the prophet who foretold the virgin birth of our advent King (ch. 7). In our Christmas celebration, the titles of Jesus (ch. 9) roll off our tongues as we hear Handel’s Messiah float through our minds. The recurring Servant-songs (Ch. 42,49, etc) describing our Lord Jesus’ life and ministry bring detail and insight into God’s salvation plan. It is Isaiah the prophet who walks us to the scenic summit of Mt. Calvary to show us the Lenten picture of our Suffering Servant, carrying our sins to the cross. Isaiah takes us to Good Friday and to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (ch. 53). The mighty seer states clearly our Lord’s victory over death and the grave, proclaiming the new life and joy we have in him (ch. 25, 53)! This prophet of old spells out for us the day of wrath (ch.66) and judgment and the Lord’s glorious reign in the church triumphant (ch.54, 35). These are just a few highlights!
The Book of Isaiah has been described by some as the 5th gospel due to its rich and Christ-centered message! Its 66 chapters serve as a sort of bible within the Bible, pouring forth law and gospel.
Beginning this Fall, you have an opportunity to dig into the second half of this beautiful rich book on Wednesday mornings. Pastor Pries will lead this class at a careful, thoughtful pace. Class starts Sept 12 @ 8:30am. Come every week or whenever you can make it. New attendees will always be welcome throughout the year.
WEDNESDAYS 1:00PM -- WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
The study of Job
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00PM
Location: Various Homes (call 920.749.9744 for current hostess location and information)
Audience: Adult women
Materials needed: Bring your Bible and a pen.
Description: What does the good and bad stuff in my life tell me about my relationship with God? Why does God let this happen to me? Is it possible for me to have a more tenacious faith? Join your sisters in faith as God speaks to us in a study of Job which will begin in September. Our group is open to all women and we meet each Wednesday at 1:00. There is no cost for this study which will take about 11 weeks. Please consider joining and come when you are able. We will resume September 19th, 2018.
WEDNESDAYS 6:30PM - MIDWEEK BIBLE CLASS
Paul’s Great Mission Adventures
Time: 6:30-7:30PM Wednesdays
Instructor: Pastor Balza
Description: Lately, as our congregation enters its third major building project, we have been talking and writing quite a bit about giving offerings, budgets, and debt payments. The impression might be that our building project is all about money. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Of course, to Expand our Mission of Love, we will need upgraded facilities, which have a price tag. However, our ministry has never (and never will be) about money, but about HIS MISSION OF LOVE. The Lord’s great concern (and ours) is not money, buildings, or programs. It is A MISSION OF LOVE, a mission of sharing the Gospel with the lost who are living and dying without the comfort and hope that only Christ’s gospel can give.
Therefore, I was so happy when Pastor Backus recently asked if I would write and teach a Bible class on the apostle Paul’s mission journeys. This class will be an opportunity for all of us to focus on HIS MISSION OF LOVE and search God’s word for insights in how the first Christian missionaries brought the Gospel to the people of their time.
This four-week course will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm beginning on Wednesday, September 12. The location may have to be the chapel if the fellowship hall is used for catechism class. Just come in the chapel entrance and there will be a sign as to where the class is being held.
The plan for this course (which we will call Paul’s Great Mission Adventures) will be to review and summarize the mission journeys of St. Paul, and then look for insights on the challenges and strategies of Christian mission work (which has always been our congregation’s main reason for existing). You are invited and encouraged to attend this class. If the Lord moves you to come, bring your Bible and a pen.
By the way, our synod has just produced a new video entitled “To The Ends of the Earth” which uses Paul’s visit to the city of Philippi to offer encouragement to be faithful in carrying out HIS MISSION OF LOVE. Perhaps we will have the opportunity to see this video sometime this Fall.