In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, members of the community are invited to participate in a seven-session class titled “By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism,” offered by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Using video, discussion, and the book of the same name, Pastor Russ Sorensen will lead participants in exploring the biblical and historical context of Luther’s Small Catechism, the concise and accessible teaching guide he wrote for use in the family home.
Luther left a rich and complex legacy through his life’s work, founded on his affirmation of the doctrine of justification “by grace alone, through faith alone, according to scripture alone.”
In the 16th century, his church promoted new ideas and practices that many Christians take for granted today, including worship and scripture in the language of the common people, congregational hymn-singing, and the vocation of lay people in service to God. While the course is centered on Lutheran theology and spirituality, it is hoped that participants of all faith traditions will gain a greater understanding of Reformation history and of the many points of unity between Lutherans and other Christians.
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