We know that the first step is the most important step. In this study we look at the fundamental foundations, answering two questions in the process:
The answers to these questions will define us right from the beginning.
Every culture has some idea of a supreme being. Romans 1:18-23 reminds us that this is the case. All men know - deep down - that they are not in control of their lives. The existence of natural religion as a world-wide phenomenon proves that fact. Such man-made religions are related to the source of life, or good or evil, or food, or other factors related to a geographical and cultural setting. Even modern sophisticated man cannot escape this reality.
Jesus Christ as God's Son and Man's Savior is the message of the Christian Church.
The Lutheran Church teaches that God's OBJECTIVE grace can be found only in the pages of Scripture. John 6:60-69 relates how Jesus lost followers when He spoke of Himself as the "only way" to heaven. Luther, because he was bothered by his sin and desperately needed a way out, was not offended by this message, but accepted it with joy and defended the source, vigorously refusing to return to man-made ideas about God. Note: The Lutheran reliance on the objective authority of Scripture can be used as a point of comparison to other denominations whose authority is more varied.
God Reveals Himself - in Holy Scripture - as a Loving God - through Jesus Christ. This one statement - and its parts - answers both questions asked at the beginning of this lesson.
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