A Layman’s Guide to Christian Practices
Evangelism, Outreach and Affirmation
We believe the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the Christian Church and that His people spread the Word through their vocations. To help understand our role, we first examine why Christ’s Church exists. We continue to address what we need to know to act on Evangelism, Outreach, and Affirmation. We conclude by putting our skills to work.
Faith and Good Works: The Doctrine of Vocation
We have been placed in this world for a purpose. Beginning with the family, and extending to society and the church, God has instituted offices through which we do His work. Understanding our vocations in family, society, and church is critical to understanding how we are to live in this world doing God’s will. Specific topics address Faith and Good Works in each of these vocational settings.
Worship and Divine Service
This seminar is designed to show the continuity of worship from Genesis to the present. It addresses the history of worship beginning in the period of the Old Testament and the transition in styles evident in the early church. It contrasts the practices and music between the orthodox and non-denominational movement, and examines the three major impacts on worship practices: music, communion and adiaphora. (Elements of Divine Service)
Church discipline is a short booklet that discusses the difficult issues surrounding how the church and pastor responds to impenitent sinners.
A Layman’s Guide to Theological History
The Early Church
The participant is acquainted with controversies such as Arianism that challenged the early church in its understanding of the Trinity and Christology. Champions of the faith such as Athanasius and Augustine are introduced and their defense of Scripture is examined with insight into why specific wording is contained in the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. The seminar continues by examining how the early church wrestled with the nature of grace, free will, original sin, faith and reason. It concludes by revealing the religious climate that Luther faced in the sixteenth century.
The Reformation and Lutheran Confessions
While most Lutherans are familiar with the events of the Reformation, a deeper understanding is provided into the theological substance of the Reformation, and how political, economic, and social factors played a role in its defense. The material addresses the person of Martin Luther and how his personal struggle emerged as a public matter and became a powerful historic event. Our legacy contained in the Lutheran Confessions is summarized and presented in a style directed to the laity.
The Forming of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
From the Reformation to nineteenth century, the confluence of political, philosophical and economic events altered the religious landscape in Germany. A significant casualty in the process was the preservation of Lutheran doctrine and practices. We trace the emigration of the Saxons and other groups settling in America and their struggles. We witness the commitment they displayed in remaining steadfast to the Confessions and compare how the doctrine of the LCMS is distinct from other Christian denominations.
To meet the needs of your congregation, we offer our programs in a choice of options.
Instructor-led seminars provide the most comprehensive educational experience. We provide both the presentation material and a member of the CLCC faculty, typically a rostered LCMS pastor, to facilitate and expand the presentation material. Hosted by the local church, most seminars consist of four 90-minute segments that begin mid-morning and conclude mid-afternoon.
Seminar materials is designed for the local church to independently conduct the seminar. We provide the PowerPoint; the host congregation provides the leader. For topics in the historical series, we also provide a book that was written to cover the topic.
Published books on each of the topics in the historic series have been written. Each has been developed to be readily understood by the average person in the pew without compromising on the substance of the material. Each book is color illustrated and runs about 50-60 pages.
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