How we think about God affects how we talk about God, and how we talk about God determines whether we proclaim the gospel or some other message that is not faithful to who God is and what God is up to in Jesus Christ. This realization is what set Martin Luther and his colleagues down the path of reform 500 years ago. It is the enduring legacy of the Lutheran movement and a gift to the ecumenical church. Join Pastor Chris Repp on six Saturday mornings this fall for a study of the Lutheran Confessions to see how these texts continue to be vitally important to the mission of the church today.
This class will be conducted using online ZOOM as well as onsite at Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL
Any adults who would like to deepen their understanding of our Lutheran Heritage and the Lutheran Confessions are encouraged to participate. The class will also fulfill a requirement for those who wish to become available for Synodically Authorized Ministry (SAM).
Session One Saturday, September 15, 2018
Session Two Saturday, September 29, 2018
Session Three Saturday, October 13, 2018
Session Four Saturday, October 27, 2018
Session Five Saturday, November 10, 2018
Session Six Saturday, December 1, 2018
$150 for those pursuing the Synodically Authorized Ministry program, and they will be expected to complete additionalassignments $75 for everyone else
Required Texts: Robert Kolb, Timothy Wengert, eds., The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2000) Ed Schroeder and Ron Neustadt, Gift and Promise: The Augsburg Confession and the Heart of Christian Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016)
About the Presenter
Pastor Repp received his M.Div. from LSTC in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Russian History from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999. From 1999 to 2003 he served as an ELCA missionary in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he taught Church History and Systematic and Confessional Theology at a Russian Lutheran seminary. He then served as pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Carbondale for 12 years before accepting his current call to Grace Lutheran Church, Champaign in 2015. A former member of the ELCA’s Global Mission Program Committee for 6 years, he now serves on the synod’s Candidacy Committee and on the board of the Crossings Community (crossings.org), an organization that lifts up the insights of the Lutheran Confessions for both preaching and daily Christian life. He is married to Helen, a native of the UK. They have 3 adult children, Andrew, James, and Marian, and a 4-year-old Standard Schnauzer named Zoya.