Sure, you've got a Small Catechism and you learned it in confirmation—well enough for Questioning anyway. But sometimes it's good to liven up those memories, and maybe hear the basics of your Lutheran faith explained in a slightly different way. We aren't interested in any sort of "new" or novel theology (that's how heresy gets started!) but we can take a fresh look at the FOUNDATIONS of our faith, making sure they're still strong and forming the basis of what we believe and live out as Christians.
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Foundations: Solus Christus--It Is Finished
October 30th, 2020
Do not trust in yourself for your salvation! Look to Christ who stands in your place. All of our confidence and comfort is found in Christ alone. When your heart is beaten down by the devil, the world, and your sinful nature, run to Jesus alone....
Foundations: Sola Gratia--Christ's Work Alone
October 29th, 2020
Grace alone means that no works can inch us closer to God. Our doing for God has no effect whatsoever on our salvation, except to drive us further away from God's freely given grace in Christ. ...
Foundations: Sola Fide--Jesus and Nothing Else
October 28th, 2020
Faith is trust. Faith is trusting in something. But when Lutherans talk about being saved "by faith alone" we don't mean we're saved by the trusting, by the mental act of believing, or the conscious act of accepting some idea. For Lutherans, faith always means "the thing that faith trusts in." And that means Jesus....
Foundations: The Catechism as Worldview
October 13th, 2020
Many things shape our worldview: parents, teachers, pastors, books, movies, television, the internet. All of these play a part in shaping the lens through which we look at the world and attempt to answer, "What does this mean?"...
Foundations: Praying for Your Front-Line Pastor
October 6th, 2020
There are far too many people who seem to think that their faithful pastors are shrinking violets or spineless buffoons who are unable (or even unwilling) to hear of your demons and sins. Perhaps you fear that we cannot handle the rawness and reality of your failings. It may help to remember that we pastors spend every single day in hand-to-hand combat with Satan himself and his demons. ...