It's that time again, Augustana's Small Catechism study. This week we conclude our review of Luther's explanation of the Apostles' Creed and move on to the Lord's Prayer. Got a question or comment? Post it below. Note: there will be no Small Catechism study next week in lieu of the synod theological conference.
Cleaning up some bits on the Holy Spirit.
-Last time we discussed how it is difficult (especially for Lutherans) to talk about the Holy Spirit. One person wondered yesterday how we talk about the Spirit with others. Talk of the Spirit can earn strange looks; people might even avoid talking to others as a result. I suggested it might be hard because of what others on television are claiming the Holy Spirit is doing. Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-12. Why does the Holy Spirit work through people?
-Have you ever had an experience where you knew God was with you? What was that like?
Allright, time for the lord's prayer.
-How does the wording change in translations? Who art, which art, who is.
-Whose father? Often, people see a vast canyon between us and the Almighty, believing that God is utterly separated from everything else. What's this mean in response to that?
-What would you discuss with your Heavenly Father that you wouldn't with your earthly father?
The first petition.
-How often do we profane God's name? Why do we do this?
-Is God's name holy, even if nobody keeps it holy?
-People often worry about the future of the church. They worry about the church in American society losing its place, and nobody believing anymore. What would happen if the church was not as present to declare God's name holy? Would God's name still be holy?
-When do people who claim to act in God's name profane God's name?