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The Lutheran Confessions Are Becoming More Popular

September 29th, 2007
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I have had, literally, countless numbers of laypeople tell me something similar to these remarks I found on a blog site recently. Pastors who give laypeople a chance to understand and appreciate the Lutheran Confessions are often quite surprised, and delighted, by the response. Of course, if a pastor himself doesn’t care much about the Lutheran Confessions and actually putting them to use in his ministry, the lay people certainly won’t. Now is as good a time as any to mention that the "Concordia" edition of the BOC is now on sale at CPH, at $24.99, and under certain conditions, is available as well with free shipping/handling during our Fall Bible promotion which is running from now until the end of December. What better way to celebrate the Lutheran Reformation than by studying the Lutheran Confessions?

The following is from the Blog: Blonde Moment

So,
I recently started a small group Bible Study for women between 20 and
35 sponsored by my church. I am accountable to a DCE for the content
and that the group grows. As it turns out, most of the women in my
group have spent years of their lives in various evangelical to
non-denominational churches.

To become a new adult member of our
church, one has to go through a several week class that explains
foundational beliefs of the confessional Lutheran Church. The class, by
nature, is a survey class so confirmed Lutherans don’t have to sit
through the same old catechism class again.

Here’s an
observation I made to Pastor, this is not an opinion, rather an
observation. A recent phenomenon in confessional churches is the
migration of Evangelicals back to orthodoxy-with-a-small-o, henceforth
referred to orthodoxy. I don’t think Pastors have been prepared for
this, as such, many new members come from a background where they are
not familiar with the confessions of faith.

Pastor is starting a sermon series on The Apostles Creed (a good excuse to bring my copy of Concordia, reader’s edition , edited by Rev. Paul McCain
, great edition, by the way). So, as I was stopping by church, I
briefly suggested to Pastor that a class on the Augsburg Confessions or
the Large Catechism be made available, as well, explaining how people
from a non-confessional background aren’t used to confessing one
theology.

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  1. September 30th, 2007 at 18:34 | #1

    I purchased the Readers Edition per your recommendation a while ago, and for Fathers Day, my sister gave a copy to my dad. He left evangelicalism 11 years ago now, followed in spurts by my mom, one of my sisters, and Josh and me. My aunt is trying to “win Dad’s soul for Jesus” and so, Dad bought her a copy… It is certainly a worthwhile read.
    Thanks so much for the link and also for the great job on the Reader’s Edition.

  2. September 30th, 2007 at 18:43 | #2

    Just an idea, you know how Bible Societies have give away Bibles?
    Perhaps you guys can have a cheaply published (ie using recycled paper) versions of say Small Cath or Augsburg Confession that can be given away too, perhaps use it for discussing the Gospel?
    LPC

  3. Greg
    September 30th, 2007 at 20:22 | #3

    “The class, by nature, is a survey class confirmed Lutherans don’t have to sit through the same old catechism class again.”
    The same old catechism class can have great value. I am taking my adult sunday school class through the catechism very slowly. They were so excited when they saw the new maroon catechisms I had ordered that they decided they wanted to study the catechism. Right now we are going very slowly through the ten commandments.

  4. Jenna
    October 1st, 2007 at 11:30 | #4

    I’ve experienced the same enthusiasm that Greg and “Blonde Moment” have described over the Confessions when teaching the Sunday morning Adult Bible Class at my church (teaching, let me add at once, under the supervision of our pastor and head elder.) A lifelong Lutheran, I personally became interested in the studying the Confessions after reading Gene Veith’s “Spirituality of the Cross”. When it’s been my turn to teach the Sunday Adult class (there are four of us who teach on a rotating basis; I’m the one who’s “specialty” is doctrinal topics, as opposed to books of the Bible, or topical studies), I’ve been blessed to be asked to teach from the CPH “Lutheran Confessions” series. The class members have loved it and several of them purchased their own copies of “Concordia” because of it. I had only a six-week period in which to cover The Formula of Concord, so our pastor asked me to focus on the articles whose sound doctrine is most under attack from generic American Protestatism. I chose “Free Will”, “The Righteousness of Faith before God”, “Good Works”, “Law and Gospel” and “The Third Use of the Law.” At the end of the six weeks, the class asked me if we could re-visit the study in order to cover the articles we had to omit!

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