Just as God’s people of old waited with faith in the coming Messiah, so is our Advent anticipation of Christmas, as we sing of the Savior, “Your people long to greet You, My hope, my heart’s delight!” (LSB 334:1). Our hopes and fears are real. They can distract us from God’s promises. God’s promise was from the beginning spoken to Adam and Eve. Salvation would come through the woman’s offspring (Genesis 3:15). But it would not be Cain, the son of Adam, nor Ishmael, the son of Abraham, nor Absalom, the son of David. The true Son of Adam and Abraham and David is the Son of God. Our attention and faith thus direct our hopes and fears to God’s Son, in whom we receive adoption as sons and daughters in the family of God.
This fall, Pr. Heckert uses the book Above All Else which covers the major doctrinal topics in Christian theology that offer a complete introduction to the Lutheran faith. This class is ideal for those new to Lutheranism and for all wishing to review the catechism.
This class will discover the nature and purpose of the church as God designed it, and evaluate our own church life in the light of this discovery. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
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Join Pastor for a cup of coffee, a piece of pastry, and a chapter-by-chapter informal study on the book of Isaiah.
The Men’s Bible Breakfast group meets on Fridays from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. at The Downtowner restaurant in Market Square. More men are always welcome!
You can listen anytime to a weekly Bible study by Pastor Barton at lutheransermons.podbean.com. The current study is on Paul's letter to the Galatians. Other studies this year have been on Ruth, Habakkuk, and Jonah. There is also a weekly Preparing for Worship - a quick look at the upcoming Scripture readings for the week. There are old sermons available as well (just scroll back at the site for earlier lessons or materials). If you have any questions, contact Pastor Barton.