Introduction to Christianity (or Lutheranism 101)

 September 8, 2015
Posted by Admin

There are four groups of people in, with, and around the Church to which a class such as this is directed.

First, there are those people who are new to the Church and have little or no experience with the Church and her teachings. There are also those who feel they are ignorant about the teachings of the Church and are curious to know more. It may be that their impressions are limited to contact as a child, or only an occasional visit, if even that.

Secondly, there are those who have “big” questions. They may come from an initial hostile position, or feel that Christianity is nothing more than a collection of doctrines which they know that they cannot believe, and want to know if there is anything in the faith that they can believe.

Third, there are those who have come to a point in their lives where they feel the need of deepening their understanding of Christianity. Life involves growth and they may discover that their understanding of the faith has not grown but has petrified back at a much earlier age. New insights and perspectives are needed to express the meaning of Christian faith in a way that is adequate for where their life is today.

Fourth, are those who are part of the Church and would like to review, renew, and revive their faith and understanding. This group would also include those who are new to Lutheranism.

You are invited to join us for the following series of discussions. Obviously, even though there is a subject for each class there will be time and opportunity for discussion and for your own questions. We will begin at 5:00 p.m. and conclude before 7:00 p.m. on Sundays, beginning on October 4, 2015. Child care can be arranged. Come and bring a friend!

OCT 4: The Holy Trinity

  1. “in the beginning, God…”
  2. Jesus Christ
  3. The Holy Spirit

OCT 11: The Means of Grace

  1. The Word (The Bible)

OCT 18: The Means of Grace

  1. The Sacraments
  2. Baptism and
  3. Holy Communion

OCT 25: Themes

  1. Justification
  2. Law and Gospel
  3. Sinner/Saint

NOV 1: Themes

  1. Theology of the Cross
  2. Vocation
  3. Worship

NOV 8: The Church

  1. Lutheran History and Heritage

NOV 15: The Christian Life

 While there are always many other topics and areas of discussion, this agenda forms a good Introduction to Christianity which is, of course, Lutheranism 101. Questions? Ask Pastor Howard Fosser.