September 21 - Lesson 1

Here is the link for the video of the Bible study -

Here is the link where you can download the study guide for the video -

In this first lesson Rev. Braun talks to us about how we've used Luther's Small Catechsim in the past, how we presently use it, and how we can continue to use it in the future.

The first part of his presentation had to do with the origin of the idea of the catechism.  It emphasized the idea of penance where you would have to make some sort of satisfaction for the mistakes you had made - or work out your forgiveness for the temporal consequences that remained.  This was one of the main false teachings that led to the Reformation almost 500 years ago.

At around minute 42 - Rev. Braun describes the state that Luther found the people of Wittenberg in regard to their doctrinal knowledge by even calling the people "hogs" for their lack of knowledge.  If Luther were to visit the homes of the Christian's in Lafayette, what would he diagnose as the spiritual problems here?  What might be some possible steps that we could take towards a solution?

At around minute 52 - Rev. Brown talks about the theology behind Luther's catechism in a "Diagnosis - Medicine - Dose" description.  How can the catechism be divided in that way?  How does that work?  Are there any changes in that process or the uses that you might change? (The reason for the last question is that currently our synod is working on a revision of the catechism for a new publication.  A discussion is ongoing regarding changing the order of the catechism so that at least some of the different parts of the catechism might be used in a different way.)

At about the one hour mark - Rev. Braun discusses various differences between Kolde's catechism and Luther's catechism.  What do you think the most significant differences were?  Why were those the most significant in your mind?  

This lesson serves as a good background of the history around Luther's catechism and why it originated, as well as introducing the rest of the discussion in the coming weeks.  Hopefully, this serves us well as a chance for spiritual growth in the coming weeks.  Please leave any comments or questions you might have.  I hope this works well as a discussion page.