Trust is a fickle thing when it comes to us humans. We’re willing to trust anything and anyone except the one we’re supposed to.
This week Peter and Kevin dig a bit deeper on what it looks like to discuss doctrine through the lens of Jesus by answering a listener question about rebaptism.
Last week Peter and Kevin made a claim that the Bible is all about Jesus. Most Christians would agree with that, but sometimes the order in which we read the books of the Bible makes it hard to see that. So here’s a reading plan that can help.
Crucial Conversations is back! And we’re experimenting with a new format. But the best part is that this episode is full of Jesus. Today, Kevin and Peter talk about how we read Scripture. It’s all about Jesus, but it’s easy to forget that.
New Lutherans go through some difficult phases coming from American Evangelicalism. The first phase is accepting that this is more than a mere symbol. The second phase is figuring out how to tell their families they can no longer commune together. The joy of being united under their new confession is tempered by the division it has caused in their family.
In our Western context baptism is a work. An ordinance. Something we do out of obedience alone, but which works nothing in us. An outward sign of an inward commitment. And because we are good Lutherans, what do we do? Get triggered! “It’s not a symbol, it saves! It’s not our work, it’s God’s work! It’s not obedience, it’s grace!” But there’s another way to engage…without being triggered.
As we look at the remaining petitions in the Lord’s Prayer, it seems like we are presenting God with a list of demands! But last week we talked about God’s will being done…and NOT ours. So what gives? How do we understand prayer rightly when asking God for things?
Do we really know what prayer is? Is it a conversation with God? Is it manipulating God to our will? Or is it a futile gesture that is nothing more than virtue signaling in a crisis? We begin our look at the Lord’s Prayer with these questions.
“I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.” Words of genius? Words of insanity? Maybe both?
We’ve learned that we cannot keep the 10 Commandments, no matter how we try. Thus we need the Creed to tell us where to look! Tonight we look at the first two parts of the Apostle’s Creed – God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. Everything we believe is related to the three persons of the Trinity, so let’s study well!