45A Creation: False Information

“Not only do we need to start our message at the beginning in Genesis, but we need to deal with the false information that generations have been taught that makes so many doubt and disbelieve the Bible.  We have to be equipped with answers and be ready to give a defense of the faith against the onslaught of evolutionary teaching that has permeated people’s thinking around the world” (Gospel Reset by Ken Ham, p.106-107).

Catechesis on Trinity Ten (St. Luke 19:41-48)

On Wednesday nights, Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart at 6:30 PM and a catechetical service at 7:00.

In this video from August 21, 2019, we learned stanza 3 of “When all the World Was Cursed” (Lutheran Worship #187) and the seventh commandment and its meaning.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains “The Time of Jesus’ Visitation” (St. Luke 19:41-48), which is the Holy Gospel for Trinity Ten.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word.”    [Length: 1 hour]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Ten-8-21-2019.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

#60 The Entrusted Children

6. On the other hand, parents cannot earn hell more easily than by neglecting their own children in their own home and by not teaching them the things spoken of above. What use is it if they fast themselves to death, pray, go on pilgrimages, and do all manner of good works? After all, God will not ask them about these in the hours of death and on the day of judgment, but will require of them the children he entrusted to their care. This is shown by the word of Christ in Luke 23[:28–29], “You daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me but for yourselves and your children. The days will come when they will say, ‘Blessed are the wombs that never bore, and the breasts which never gave suck!’ ” Why should they lament in this way if it does not mean that all their condemnation will come from their own children? If they had not had children, perhaps they might have been saved. These words certainly ought to open the eyes of parents and make them think about the souls of their children so that the poor children would not be deceived by the parents’ human love and made to believe they had rightly honored their parents because they had not shown anger toward them or had been obedient to them in everyday affairs. This serves only to strengthen the children’s self-will, although the commandment puts the parents in the place of honor so that the children’s self-will is broken and they are made humble and meek.

It has been said in reference to the other commandments that they are to be fulfilled in relation to faith, the chief work. It is the same in this instance. Nobody must think that the training and teaching of his children is sufficient in itself. It must be done in confidence of God’s favor. A man must have no doubt that he is well pleasing to God in what he is doing, and he should let work of this kind be nothing else but an expression and exercise of his faith. He should trust in God and look to him for blessings and a gracious will. Without faith of this kind no work is a genuine living work: it is neither good nor acceptable. Many heathen have brought their children up charmingly, but all that is lost because of their unbelief. (Luther’s Works, v. 44 p.86-87).

Book of Concord Bible Class #5: Confessional Subscription

“The Word of God alone should be and remain the only standard and rule of doctrine” (FC SD Rule and Norm 9).  Concerning the church fathers and  church councils, we accept them in so far as they agree with the Word of God, “to which everything should be subjected” (9).   However, the church does need a “summary of our Christian doctrine… a unanimously accepted, definite, common form of doctrine, which all our evangelical churches together and in common confess, from and according to which, because it has been derived from God’s Word, all other writings should be judged and adjusted as to how far they are to be approved and accepted” (10).  This summary serves the church by maintaining a standard by which members can maintain the true doctrine.

A Lutheran Church by definition should subscribe unconditionally to the Book of Concord, because(Latin: quia) it agrees with the Word of God.  The Lutheran Confessions themselves speak of just that kind of subscription.  “Therefore we also have determined not to depart even a finger’s breadth either from the subjects themselves, or from the phrases which are found in them, but, the Spirit of the Lord aiding us, to persevere constantly, with the greatest harmony, in this godly agreement, and we intend to examine all controversies according to this true norm and declaration of the pure doctrine” (Preface to the Book of Concord).

Quiz #5 (tan sheet):  Quiz-5-for-Oct-6-Book-of-Concord-Prefaces.pdf
Handout 1 (white sheets with answers to the quiz on the second page): Subscription-What-Kind.pdf
Handout 2:  Historical-Introduction-6-7-.pdf

44A Creation: It is a War

“It is a war, but a spiritual one that has been raging for 6,000 years.  Sadly, there is a rapidly increasing number of soldiers in the army of the ‘Greeks’ and depleting numbers in the army of the ‘Jews.’
Many of those in America in the older generations who are still like the ‘Jews’ are not necessarily Christians, though many were brought up in the Church, and many still do attend church. They don’t really understand what is happening, even though they have a Christianized worldview.  However, they do perceive a massive change in our culture, and many are perplexed and even horrified by it” (Gospel Reset by Ken Ham, p.105-106).

Catechesis on Trinity Eight (St. Matthew 7:15-23)

On Wednesday nights, Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart at 6:30 PM and a catechetical service at 7:00.

In this video from July 31, 2019, we learned stanza a of “When All The World Was Cursed” (Lutheran Worship, #187) and the fourth and fifth commandments and their meanings.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains “False Prophets and False Fruits” (St. Matthew 7:15-23), which is the Holy Gospel for Trinity Eight.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word.”    [Length: 1 hour and 7 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Eight-8-7-2019.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

#59 What A Blessed Marriage and Home

Just think what a great lesson this is! How many good works you have at hand in your own home with your own child who needs all such things as these like a hungry, thirsty, naked, poor, imprisoned, sick soul! O what a blessed marriage and home that would be with such parents! That home would indeed be a true church, a chosen cloister, yes, a paradise! It was of such places that the psalmist sang in Psalm 128[:1–4], “Blessed are they that fear God and walk in his commandments. You shall eat of the labor of your hands. On this account shall you be happy and all will go well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in your house, and your children like the young shoots of laden olive trees around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears God.” Where are such parents? Where are those who inquire after good works such as these? Nobody comes forward. Why? Because God has commanded these works! The flesh and the devil pull you away from these works. There is no pomp or show about them; therefore, we assume they are worth nothing. Husbands run to St. James, wives make vows to Our Lady. No one vows to train and teach himself and his child to honor God properly. Those whom God has commanded a man to keep in body and soul he leaves behind, and wants to serve God in some place or another, something that was never commanded. No bishop forbids and no preacher rebukes such a perverse practice. In fact, in the interests of their own covetousness the clergy endorse such practices. Every day they think up more and more pilgrimages, canonizations of saints, and indulgence fairs. May God have mercy on such blindness! (Luther’s Works, v. 44 p.85-86).

43A Creation: Turning Greeks into Jews

“Once he (Paul) pointed then to the right starting point and the right road, then he went back to preaching the message he began with—the message of the Resurrection. When he did this initially, they didn’t understand, and his message was foolishness to them.  But after explaining the true God from the right starting point, we see three different responses: (1) Some mocked, just like last time, but (2) others started to listen, and (3) a few believed….   I suggest that Paul was extremely successful and that we should follow his example” (Gospel Reset by Ken Ham, p.102-103).

Catechesis on Trinity Five (St. Luke 5:1-11)

On Wednesday nights, Trinity Lutheran Church (Herrin, IL) offers to both children and adults an opportunity for teaching with Learn-by-Heart at 6:30 PM and a catechetical service at 7:00.

In this video from July 17, 2019, we learned stanzas 4-5 of “My Inmost Heart Now Raises” (The Lutheran Hymnal #548) and the second and third commandments and their meanings.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains “Jesus tells the Apostles that they will catch Men” (St. Luke 5:1-11), which is the Holy Gospel for Trinity Five.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word.”    [Length: 1 hour and 3 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Five-7-17-2019.pdf
Prayers:  Recite-Word-by-Word.pdf

This catechesis is recorded in two parts.
The first video is the Learn-by-Heart. [Length: 32 minutes]

The second video is the Catechesis Service. [Length: 32 minutes]