Paradise, the dawn of history. The LORD God placed the man He had made in the Garden of Eden to care for it. God told the man: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden. But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper fit for him…”
God saw all He had made, and it was very good.—Genesis 1.31. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.—Genesis 2.25.
What happened to the perfect peace of the Garden? Why is the shamelessness in the world today so different from the initial innocence of our first parents? Why is it that today we as a people are so uninformed about the Bible–the stories it tells, the teachings it contains, and the grand, unifying purpose of it?
Our Pastor has prepared a course of instruction that follows the general narrative of the Bible, incorporating its essential teachings, and applying them to life for people who may be lifelong Christians, or not; who may have some background in the Bible, or not; who may be totally new to it all: Christianity 101. The disillusioned, skeptics, agnostics, LDS members, people inquiring about Lutheranism, and people just interested in gaining knowledge are all welcome.
Our objective is to provide the clearest, most meaningful teaching material that we can, which will give students of all different stations in life a working knowledge of the Bible: its history, its stories and how they fit together, and just what the main point of this great Book actually is… Finally to answer the question: how can God’s peace and innocence in His sight be restored to us?
Christianity 101 is broken down into manageable units:
- An Introductory lesson follows the story of the Fall & the Promise.
- The Story of the Exodus provides the framework for studying the Ten Commandments.
- Scripture’s Doctrine of God provides us with the opportunity to also explore the central teaching of Scripture, the Doctrine of Justification.
- The systematic study of the Means of Grace, through which God brings forgiveness of sins, and guarantees a Resurrection of the body unto life everlasting, is the outline for the third unit.
- Living in your vocation in the last days is the focus of the final chapters.
Group sessions are occasionally scheduled, but most often this course is taught one-on-one. Please contact our Pastor to begin!