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. This week we are starting a new study on “In Christ All Things Hold Together”. If you do not have a hard copy of the book we are providing it for free, as well as copies of the Book of Concord and the Lutheran Service Book.
We will start our study of “In Christ All Things Hold Together” by reading the Introduction: The Challenge of Scientism (pg. 5-13). We will discuss what scientism and materialism are as well as setting up our study of the relationship between science and faith. We the look at An Overview of the Report (pg. 13-15) to get a brief summary of what topics we will be covering in this class. We will close the introduction with singing “Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” (LSB 655)
We will then move on to Chapter 1: Theological Foundations (pg. 16-51). In the Introduction (pg. 16-17) we will define epistemology and why we need to understand how we know what we know. We will then study the authority of Scripture and the proper role of reason (pg. 17-20). If we have time we will also look at the proper relationship between God’s “two books” (pg. 20-25).
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.