What is our true comfort in death, our souls being in heaven or our body and soul being reunited on the Last Day?

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Introduction The typical North-American Christian worldview is one that values the spiritual but often sees little value in how God uses the physical. After all, Protestant America often views baptism as something that a Christian does to show that he is a Christian; the water may simply be incidental. The wine (or grape juice) and […]

Acts, Lesson 15: Paul’s First Missionary Journey, Part 2

Philemon and Baucis by Jeffrey Ackerman (610x351)

Last week, we finished with Paul and Barnabas in Asia Minor on a missionary journey. Today, we continue to learn about the second half of that missionary trip. At Iconium Iconium was the capitol of Lycaonia. In a 2nd-century account, Acts of Paul, an Onesiphorus described what Paul looked like when he met him in […]

The Difference Between Infant and Adult Faith

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What is faith? It’s important to understand what faith is–and what faith isn’t. If we don’t know what faith is, then we can misunderstand who may or may not have it. Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Within this verse, what does it […]

Acts, Lesson 14: Paul’s First Missionary Journey, Pt. 1

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Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch after they had delivered aid for the mother Church at Jerusalem. At Antioch, we find out what the Lord has planned for Saul and Barnabas.   The Church calls and commissions Saul and Barnabas to be missionaries There’s a lot going on in the first few verses of this […]

Prayers for the Dead: A Scriptural and Lutheran Worldview

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Introduction The Scriptures teach us that a when a person dies, he immediately begins to experience eternity in one of two states: heaven or hell. The Christian experiences eternity as one filled with joy (heaven), although his body and soul are separated until his soul is reunited with a sinless, perfect, incorruptible body on the […]

Acts, Lesson 13: Persecution Begins From the State

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Last week, we had a look into the church at Antioch, the first place where Christians were labelled with the disparaging term, “Christian,” one belonging to Christ. Today, we find such disparaging words grow into an even greater persecution.   Martyrdom and Imprisonment Read Acts 12:1-5 Herod and his descendants, also called “Herod” ruled Judea […]

Augsburg Confession, Conclusion of Article 28 and Lutheran Quiz

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Last week, we didn’t quite finish with Article 28. So, today we will finish our study of the Augsburg Confession but also look into some things our Lutheran Confessions assert that may seem “weird” to us, revealing a theological worldview that differs from ours in several ways.   Making Laws in the Church “We teach […]

Acts, Lesson 12: Gentiles in the Church; the Gift of Prophecy

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Peter and the Jewish Christians with him saw God giving the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles. That means that they were full-fledged members of Christ’s Church, the same as the ethnic Jews who believed in Jesus as the Messiah. But growth and change do not always take place smoothly and without incident, which our study […]

Augsburg Confession, Article 28: The Authority of Bishops

Pope Francis

Article 28 would take up about 6 pages if printed out in full. Since we are limited to an hour, your pastor has sorted out AC 28’s teachings into different categories.    AC XXVIII: Church Authority Article 28 delves into many areas dealing with Church authority.   Two Kingdoms: Church and State There has been […]

Acts, Lesson 11: Peter and Cornelius

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Peter had raised Tabitha from the dead and stayed near where Tabitha lived. While in Joppa, Peter stayed with a tanner. It’s now that we hear the Church spreading to full-blown Gentiles (as opposed to Samaritans, which were a Semitic people with some Jewish ancestry).  In this chapter of Acts, we see a new period […]