At Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Commenced 2 October, 2016
Stewardship of Your Church Membership
Abstract: A study of the rights and responsibilities a Christian has as a member of the Christian Church. The first link below is the basic resource being used in the class; feel free to download and print or open to follow while listening to the audio files.
16 October, 2016 Audio My Stewardship of the Gospel
23 October, 2016 Audio My Care for Brothers in Faith
Commenced 21 August, 2016
The Petrine Epistles
Abstract: A study of the Petrine Epistles: comfort and hope for the church awaiting persecution.
Commenced 7 February, 2016
The Prophet Zechariah
Abstract: A study of the 6th Century, post-exilic Prophet as facilitated from his writings in the penultimate book contained in the Old Testament Canon.
Commenced 14 June, 2015
The Office of the Keys
W.R.T. Congregational/Synodical Polity
Abstract: The Office of the Gospel (the Keys) is the possession of all Christian who have embraced Christ in true faith, are children of God and saved by that Office in the Church. This Gospel however, has created Church throughout history in various times and places having different human forms and lines of authority. The class will examine what is essential to the church (the Gospel in Word and Sacraments) and how the particular polity employed by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod came about to the form it now exists. The role of tradition and evaluation of 'good' and 'bad' tradition will be considered.
Commenced 15 March, 2015
Church Membership: What Does this Mean?
Abstract: Applying what is leaned in the Catechism to the formation, function and organic oneness in the church is the challenge of being Church, Christians bound in faith to Christ and to each other. The basic resource reviewed in this short unit is the pamplet which can be read or printed through this link:
15 March, 2015 Class Audio Introduction
29 March, 2015 Class Audio Use of Membership Pt. 1
12 April, 2015 Class Audio Use of Membership Pt. 2
26 April, 2015 Class Audio Use of Membership Pt. 3
3 May, 2015 Class Audio Demonic objections to attend/God's Word
10 May, 2015 Class Audio Review of Objections
17 May, 2015 Class Audio Confrontation: Are You a Christian or Not?
24 May, 2015 Class Audio Appendix: Christian Parenthood 1 of 2
31 May, 2015 Class Audio Appendix: Christian Parenthood 2 of 2
Commenced 14 September, 2014 Fall Series
The Doctrine of
Abstract: Marriage by its nature was community, love, service, joy and creation involving man (collective) and God, his creator, source and life. Marriage is a doctrine because it is the teaching of God’s Word. His original blessing in marriage was a sign of his love and goodness to man, that doesn’t change. The source of trial or evil that occurs in connection to marriage must neither lead us to blame God for this evil, nor to assume that because his original plans are made impossible by sin, we must compromise marriage to tweak it and make it something other than God instituted. Rather, we must continue to hearken back to God’s Word to see both his original plan for marriage, and his forgiveness in Christ for us sinners who ruin this highest institution of God. In this we see that it is neither to Adam and Eve, nor to ancient or modern innovations to marriage, but to Christ and his relationship with us as sinners in the church (his Bride) that we must look in order to see the essence of God’s plan for marriage in Christ’s giving himself completely in order to redeem and restore his bride, which he presents to himself without spot or wrinkle.
Commenced 12 January, 2014 Winter Series
The Book of
Abstract: This Old Testament book of Wisdom, commonly attributed to an aged Solomon, Son of David, imparts the mature, inspired insights on one who applied his heart to wisdom but found all of it to be futile "under the sun," as true eternal wisdom would only come under the sun to be found in the incarnation of God in Christ, who points beyond the Sun to eternal day!
Commenced 8 September, 2013 Fall Series
The Small Catechism's
Table of Duties
Abstract: The Small Catechism refers under the Office of the Keys to "Stations in life" that we are to consider as we decide what sins we should confess to our pastor. The Table of Duties, though not strictly speaking one of the Six Chief Parts, is an important tool for not only reminding ourselves of our God-given vocations, but also to hear God speak his desires for each of them.
8 December, 2013 No Audio available
Commenced 19 May, 2013 Summer Series
Biblical Doctrine; Local Practice
Abstract: With changes in the service schedule being implemented, and having spent some time studying Absolution also w.r.t. holy Communion (see just below), our Bible Class will review the theology of holy Communion with respect to the traditions surrounding the same. Topics eventually discussed will include why the practice of closed communion is Scripturally mandated, communion frequency, rites (past, present and future) in service to preparation for holy Communion, rites associated with the distribution of holy Communion, the blessing of children at the rail, the elements used in the Lord's Supper, and communion statements with respect to receiving Communion as a guest at 'sister' LCMS congregations. As our congregation is feeling the pain of lower numbers and dwindling resources we see a revitalization of our use of the Sacrament as a tremendous resource to "being watchful and strengthening the things that remain" (Rev. 3.2) with faith in the promise that this is just what the Sacrament is to be used for.
25 August, 2013 Audio File Wrap up: Creating a Resolution for Voters
Commenced 25 November, 2012 Winter Series
History of its Application in the Church
Abstract: The practice of absolving sinners has its roots in Christ’s commands to his church to retain and to remit sins (Mt. 16:16; 18.18; Jn. 20.21f). Problems with this absolution given to penitent sinners are as manifold as the problems that exist in the church. Why? Because absolution is an aspect of sanctification, a practice that applies Christ’s perfect righteousness to believers who are not yet perfectly righteous. It is given to believing sinners without too much of a user’s guide in Scripture. Although the command is given to remit and retain sins, the process by which this is done is left by our Lord to the church to practice as best she can. That being the case the use of absolution by the church reflects the health of the church, since absolution is given for the health of the church. A healthy church uses the absolution in a way that is most appropriate to that means of grace. As a hammer isn’t very good at driving screws into wood, so absolution has a particular use that will “hit or miss the nail on the head.” This session of Sunday’s adult class will examine and defend the practice of confession and absolution through the history of the Church, and especially the Lutheran Church, and will trace that history to modern practice and that of our congregation. Resource: First 85 issues of Der Lutheraner (1844-'47).
30 December, 2012 Audio File More Loehe Vignettes (pt. 3b)
6 January, 2013 Audio File Relation of Admission to Communion and C/A
Commenced 9 September, 2012 Fall Series
The Holy Ghost:
Yours, Mine (and Theirs?)
Abstract: The Holy Ghost is a controversial person in the Holy Trinity, as are all three. These days the identification of the Holy Ghost is made as doing his work through cultural movements, fads within the church, individual charisms that cause people to be awe-filled and amazed, as well as in such mundane and unexciting events such as a the preaching of a sermon or the water of Baptism. As the Apostle, under the Spirit’s inspiration and the Lord’s Command, exhorts the church of all ages to “test the spirits (1 John 4) to see if they are from God. This class will be designed to help ever student “test the spirits” and in doing so will examine the spirits that claim to be the Holy Spirit against Christ’s Words of what the Spirit would do. We will look at actual writings and examine the spirit and office of Anti-Christ that obscures the recognition of the Holy Spirit’s work in heterodox bodies and clearly point to the true work of the Holy Spirit manifested by the Word of Christ in every Christian denomination, heterodox or not.
Commenced 10 June, 2012 Summer Series
A: On Lutheran Identity: a Four Week Examination of Walther's 1846-47 Article from Der Lutheraner Vol. 3:
Does Old Lutheranism Lead to Rome?
Abstract: This Article Defends Lutheran Decisions in Congregation/Worship Practice
Based on the Doctrine of Christian Freedom avoiding the legalistic proscriptions
of Grabau Lutherans/Roman Catholicism and the legalistic condemnatory
prohibitions and proscriptions of Protestantism. The last classes broaden
to apply the doctrine of Christian freedom to the use of an historic
liturgy in contradistinction to contemporary worship.
Took place July 15, 2012:
B: On Church Discipline: from Walther's Feb. 8, 1845 Article from Der Lutheraner Vol. 1, p. 46f:
Untitled Article on Church Discipline
Abstract: This quotes Luther, as well as Augustine, explaining why church discipline is not
put into practice, why it is not primarily the responsibility of the Pastor, but of the entire congregation, as well as the proper reasons for which church discipline is applied.
Commenced 29 July, 2012:
C: On the Responsibility to Attend Voter's Assemblies: a Three Week Examination of Walther's June, 1847 Article from Der Lutheraner Vol. 3:
On the Duty to Attend Congregational Meetings
Abstract: Directly after forming Synod, this article appears to appraise the responsibility that every member has for the governance and maintenance of his church. Walther even makes this a matter of conscience and a necessity for the existance of the church in the American context. This study also is a diagnostice given by Walther for the weakness of many American Churches caused by the apathy of members to their responsibilies as those entrusted by God with with Office of the Keys.
Held August 26, 2012:
What does Scripture and what to WE mean by the phrase:
"Fear of God;" Appreciative Awe or Sheer Terror?
Abstract: This short treatment was occasioned by this month's newsletter article stating that people felt free to sin because they do not fear God; intentional sin is mortal sin that drives out the Holy Ghost and faith and leaves one in the hands of a wrathful God!
Commenced 9 January, 2011. . .
A 16 Week Class on Paul's First Letter to the Church in Corinth
1 Corinthians: Perfect Freedom is Peace in Christ
16. Chapter 13/14: no audio file Handout
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