Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Non-Lutheran Bible Studies? What's the Harm?

From Issues, Etc.
1. The Danger of Non-Lutheran Bible Studies – Pr. Anthony Voltattorni, 7/15/14
Pastor Anthony Voltattorni of Zion Lutheran-Marshall, MI


Monday, June 30, 2014

Luther's Catechisms: Part 4, The Creed: First and Second Articles

Steadfast Throwdown Radio Show

Catechism Series, Part 4

Our Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson continues as we get into the Apostles’ Creed. We discuss the background of the Creeds and where the statements come from in the Scriptures. We discuss the First Article (God the Father, Creation) and the Second Article (God the Son, Redemption). Hear how Richard Dawkins says he learned the “Christian faith,” and get Pr. Abrahamson’s response.

Luther's Catechisms, Part 5 The Creed and the Holy Spirit

Catechism Series, Part 5

Our Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson continues. This time we respond to the outlandish claim by Benny Hinn that there are actually nine persons (Yes, you read that correctly!) in the Holy Trinity. We also discuss the Third Article, the Holy Spirit, and what it means that He gives us life by bringing us to faith in Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Three Outposts, Your Mission: Study 8


Church and State

Prayer: O Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, You have given us Your holy Word and have bountifully provided for all our earthly needs: We confess that we are unworthy of all these mercies, and that we have rather deserved punishment. But we beseech You, forgive us our sins, and prosper and bless us in our various callings, that by Your strength we may be sustained and defended, now and forever, and so praise and glorify You eternally; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.

How are these outposts confused?
These outposts are confused when the responsibilities and authority of one outpost are mixed with or usurped by another.

Review the kinds of authority God gave to each of these outposts.

Confusion of The Three Estates in Political Philosophy and Literature
First, the term "Three Estates" has been used in both popular literature and political discussions throughout history. The terminology of the Three Estates comes to us from the background of Medieval Feudalism. In that context it referred to the Clergy, the Nobility, and the Commoners. There were authors

The Three Outposts, Your Mission: Study 7


State and Home

Prayer: Lord Jesus, abide with us. Make our homes the dwelling places of Your continual presence, and keep us faithful to You and Your Word. Let the joy of the Gospel dwell in our hearts. Let our daily conversations be hallowed and pleasing and acceptable to You. Preserve us from sin. Be with us in the hour of temptation. Keep us unworried and untroubled. Remove from our lives all unbelief and indifference. Strengthen our faith, deepen our love to You, and make us consecrated people who day after day bring all our cares, concerns, joys, and sins to You in prayer. Let your blessing be upon our families and our nation. Grant our nation peace, and safety. Give our president, governors, representatives, judges, and all officers of the civil state Your spirit of wisdom and fear, that we may live our lives in quiet godliness for the glory of Christ and the benefit of Your Church. In Christ's holy Name we ask this. Amen.

How are these outposts confused?
These outposts are confused when the responsibilities and authority of one outpost are mixed with or usurped by another.

Review the kinds of authority God gave to each of these outposts.

Some questions for discussion:

Does being a father and husband mean that a man has the divine responsibility to ensure that his neighbor is giving his kids enough exercise?

The Three Outposts, Your Mission: Study 6


Church and Home

Prayer: Almighty God, You have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our supplications to You, and have promised that wherever two or three are gathered together in Your name, you will grant their requests: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of Your servants, as may be most expedient for them; grant us in this world knowledge of Your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

How are these outposts confused?
These outposts are confused when the responsibilities and authority of one outpost are mixed with or usurped by another.
Review the kinds of authority God gave to each of these outposts.

Some questions for discussion:

Can a man, simply because he is a husband and a father and therefore God's representative, decide that he can preach to the congregation at their regular worship?

The Three Outposts, Your Mission: Study 5



Third Outpost: The State (Civil Governance)


Prayer: Lord God, heavenly Father, We thank You that unto this time You have granted us peace and graciously spared us from war and foreign dominion. We pray, graciously let us continue to live in Your fear according to Your will, giving no cause for wars or other punishment; govern and direct our leaders, that they may not hinder the obedience due to You, but maintain righteousness, that we may enjoy happiness and blessing under their government; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.

Review the Fifth Petition of the Lord's Prayer as well as the Meaning and “What is meant by daily bread?”
A very popular American false doctrine was authored by Thomas Paine in his book Common Sense. He wrote “society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.”

But God calls civil governance “good” even though the people holding positions of authority are sinners, some believers, most unbelievers—and even if an evil tyrant is the head of government he is still to be revered as God's servant, prayed for, and obeyed (for example, Consider Daniel, or God's use of the Medes Isaiah 13:17-22, His use of Assyria to punish Israel Isaiah 9:8-10:20, and many many more examples)

The State, also called Civil Government, was the third outpost established by God in this sinful world. Though civil government is filled by corrupt sinful men,