Catechesis on Trinity Four (St. Luke 6:36-42)

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 5, 2017, we learned stanza 1 of “O Perfect Love” (Lutheran Worship, #253), the Daily Prayers from Luther’s Small Catechism(Ask a Blessing, Returning Thanks, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer).  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains Jesus’ teaching on hypocritical judging and mercy (Luke 6:36-42), which is the Holy Gospel for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).  [Length: 56 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Four-July-5-2017-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Recite Word by Word

Catechesis on Trinity One (St. Luke 16:19-31)

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 June 14, 2017, we learned stanza 5-6 of “Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove” (Lutheran Worship, #156), the Scripture passages under the Table of Duties for Workers(Eph 6:5-8), Employers (Eph 6:9), Youth(1 Peter 5:5-6), Widows (1 Tim 5:5-6), and Everyone(Rom 13:9, 1 Tim 2:1, Gal 3:7).  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains the story of the beggar Lazarus and the rich man (St. Luke 16:9-31), which is the Holy Gospel for the First Sunday after Trinity.

The service concludes with “Recite Word by Word” (pdf link below).  [Length: 53 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-One-6-14-2017-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Recite Word by Word

Catechesis on Holy Trinity Sunday (St. John 3:1-17)

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 June 23, 2017, we learned stanza 3-4 of “Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove” (Lutheran Worship, #156), the Scripture passages under the Table of Duties for Parents(Eph 6:4) and Children (Eph 6:1-3).  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains the night meeting of Nicodemas with Jesus (St. John 3:1-17), which is the Holy Gospel for Holy Trinity Sunday.

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis 2017” (pdf link below).  [Length: 52 minutes]

Bulletins: Catechesis-Trinity-Sunday-6-7-2017-online.pdf

Catechesis on Cantate/Easter Four (St. John 16:5-15)

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 May 10, 2017, we learned stanza 5 of “He’s Risen, He’s Risen” (Lutheran Worship, #138), the Table of Duties for Citizens (Mt 22:21, Ro 13:5-7, 1 Tim 2:1-3, Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13-14) from the Small Catechism, and St. John 16:14.  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit to work through the preaching of the Word that Jesus might be proclaimed in the church.  St. John 16:5-15 is the Holy Gospel for Cantate (Easter 4) Sunday.

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis 2017” (pdf link below).  [Length: 1 hour, 4 minutes]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Cantate-5-10-2017-Online.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Responsive Prayer for Catechesis 2017

Catechesis on Easter Three-Jubilate (St. John 16:16-22)

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 June 14, 2017, we learned stanza 4 of “He’s Risen, He’s Risen” (Lutheran Worship, #138), the Scripture passages under the Table of Duties for Government(Romans 13:1-4).  This service is designed to prepare God’s people for the theme of the upcoming Sunday Divine Service.  The dialog sermon explains Jesus’ teaching concerning a Christian’s consolation under the cross (John 16:16-22), which is the Holy Gospel for Jubilate (The third Sunday after Easter).

The service concludes with “Responsive Prayer for Catechesis 2017” (pdf link below).  [Length: 1 hour, 1 minute]

Bulletins:  Catechesis-Jubilate-5-3-2017-online.pdf
Responsive Prayer: Responsive Prayer for Catechesis 2017

Theology Summary Bible Study, Pt. 13: The Divine Christ

In this study, St. John (1:1-3) uses “Word” (Logos) to describe the Second Person of the Trinity. The Word describes the Christ before creation, and thus, it is a reference to His divine nature. It is not until verse 14, that we hear of Christ’s incarnation saying “the Word became flesh.”

Continually, we are forced to  hold our reason captive. The Word is described as “with God” indicating a distinction, and then with the words “was God” indicating no distinction. In Colossians 1:15-16, the Christ is “the image of the invisible God,” which is quite contradictory to human reason. Furthermore, the Christ is described as “the brightness of His glory” and  “the exact image of His person”(Hebrews 1:1-3). Those who wish to know the Father must look to the Christ.  Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

Handout: The Christ Aug 12 2018

[Note: Picture of Divine Savior Lutheran Church, Niwot, CO]

The Flood Bible Study

The world-wide flood and the saving of Noah and his family in an ark is an historical event (Gen 6-9).  The Lord was grieved at the general wickedness of man.  This widespread corruption  is seen in the actions of Cain’s descendants (Gen. 4:17-24).  In contrast, the descendants of Seth (Gen 4:25-5:32) give us a description of the church and her righteous-by-faith members.  Like Noah, those who trust in God for salvation through the promise of the Savior are declared righteous and find favor with God.

Our Lord Jesus Christ warns us that that the destruction worked by the flood is a sign to warn us of God’s judgment upon unbelievers at the return of the Son of Man (Mt 24:36-39).  Until that day comes, we see the Divine long-suffering and kindness of God in showing mercy(Isaiah 54:7-10), and inviting to salvation.  Our Triune God is continuing to send out preachers to direct us, Noah’s descendants, to the water of Holy Baptism, which saves by uniting us with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:18-22).  Thus the account of the ark also comforts believers that “the Lord knows how to deliver  the godly out of temptations” (2 Peter 2:4-10).  The ark is a sign of God’s promised means of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Handout: Noah-and-Flood-Aug-5-2018.pdf

Creation/Evolution Bible Study

The Bible is not a science book, nor is it designed with the purpose of presenting to us scientific principles, nevertheless, where the Bible speaks of creation it always tells the truth. The Triune God created the world in six normal days as described by Genesis, chapter one.  Both theistic evolution and atheistic evolution deny the inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures and the truth of the doctrines it presents. Even more importantly, evolution negates the need for Christ’s atonement for sin.

Handout: Creation-Evolution-July-29-2018.pdf
Answers to the Line of the Promise Handout: Answers-Line-of-Promise-July-29-2018.pdf

Theology Summary Bible Class, Pt.12: Helpful Observations

Class #12:  This week we  examined a host of Bible passages which bear witness to our one God and three persons.  Applying the rules we learned concerning the internal and external works of  the Trinity, we went through some useful and helpful observations that can help us in clearly speaking about the Holy Trinity–so that we neither confound the persons, nor divide the substance.

Handout: opera ad extra and opera ad intra July 15
Handout 2: Trinity and Unity Heresies July 15 (yellow sheet)
[Picture: Pr. Henson in front of Christ Lutheran Church (Richmond, MO)

Theology Summary Bible Class, Part 10: The Works of the Trinity

Class #10:  How do we speak about the Triune God?  The Athanasian Creed correctly instructs us that we need to do it “not confounding the persons nor dividing the substance.”  In order to speak correctly, we must understand where the Holy Scriptures are speaking about the unity of God and where they are speaking about the Trinity of persons.

There are two rules to help us.  1. The external works of God are undivided.  “When God outside His essence works something among His creatures, then the three persons are together and work together, because there is one doer and maker.”   2. The internal works of God are divided.  “The works which God does outside of all created things, within Himself, are not common to the three persons, but are peculiar to only one person, so this it is characteristic of the Father to beget, of the Son to be begotten, and of the Holy Spirit to proceed from both.”  (Loci Theologici, p.74)

Handout: opera ad extra and opera ad intra