This week we move to another New Testament letter: the letter of Jude. We will discuss who this Jude was and to whom he was writing. More importantly, we will look at his message both to the early New Testament Christians and to us still today. We will also discuss a couple of the more difficult questions surrounding this book, such as the reference to the “Book of Enoch” and the parallels to 2 Peter 2. Join us as we dig into this short but powerful New Testament letter and encouragement to the Church of all time!
For our Word of the Week this week, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a study of the Means of Grace. A simple definition of the Means of Grace is the gospel in Word and sacraments by which God offers and gives us the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. The Means of Grace tell us how the Holy Spirit does His work. But why does He do things this way? Today’s podcast will explore that question and demonstrate how the Means of Grace is a great comfort to us.
As we look ahead to Trinity Sunday this weekend Pastor Rob Sauers joins Nathanael Mayhew to dig into the Trinity hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy, LORD God Almighty (Hymn 246 in The Lutheran Hymnal). Learn about the background of the hymnwriter, and the Scriptural foundation for the hymn itself and how it describes the nature of the One and only true God, from His power to His mercy as well as our response to this truth.
As we look ahead to Trinity Sunday this coming weekend, we consider the word Trinity. This is a very familiar word among Christians. So familiar that many are surprised to learn that the word Trinity is actually not found anywhere in the Bible. It comes from the Latin and has been used by the church to describe the Biblical Doctrine of who God is: One God in Three persons. While the Bible never uses the word “Trinity” is is clear in showing that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), but this One God is three persons (Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2), and that the Father is God (2 John 1:9), the Son is God (Ephesians 5:5), and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4). This is the doctrine of the Trinity, and is clearly presented in the Bible.
Lodges have been an important part of our history in the United States. Many of the founding fathers of our country were Masons, as are many famous people today. But what does the Masonic Lodge have to do with religion? Is it a religion itself, and if so, in what way? What are the beliefs of Masons? We will be looking at these questions in our continuing study of world religions in our podcast today. Join us to learn more about the Masonic Lodge (and other related lodges) and how they compare to Christianity.
In anticipation of our celebration of Pentecost this coming Sunday, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a study of the word Pentecost. Typically, when we think about Pentecost, we think about the events of Acts 2, but Pentecost actually was an Old Testament festival. Referred to as the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks, this was one of the three main pilgrim festivals of the Old Testament. The festival gains new meaning in Acts 2 as the Holy Spirit comes and through His word brings 3,000 people to faith. Our celebration of this day focuses on the coming of the Holy Spirit who has brought us to faith and continues to strengthen our faith through Word and Sacrament.
What does a 2000 year old letter to a young pastor working on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea have to say to us today? A great deal! Paul wrote to Titus in order to encourage him and direct him in his work of organizing the church of Crete, but this short letter also lays out beautifully a summary of Christian doctrine which serves us still today. He describes the work of Jesus as true God, the Savior of all, the atonement for sin, the Trinity, the work of the Holy Spirit, Justification and Sanctification and much more. This letter continues to instruct and encourage us still today!