In Lutheran preaching and teaching, the centrality of the cross is paramount. Consider with me for a moment what the cross of Christ means for us. First, it is vital for our salvation (Justification) and second, it is essential to our life this side of heaven (sanctification). Consider that:
- There’s no discipleship without self-denial.
- There’s no leadership without service
- There’s no love without sacrifice.
Those axioms help call to mind the humble, seemingly powerless, yielding, submissive nature of the cross in our lives, don’t they?
Yet our first fall Sunday morning Adult Bible Study aims to round out our understanding of the centrality of the cross, but in a way that highlights the God-given power and right we hold as Christians. Yes, POWER and RIGHT!
In fact, that power and right jingles in our hand. Like a teenager holding his own car keys for the first time, the Christian recognizes the wow-factor of this spiritual bling she holds. These two special spiritual keys do what you would expect them to do: lock and unlock. But the door they work on is the very pearly gate of heaven! We need to dive into this!
The power and right you have was given to you by your Savior Jesus. Brothers and sisters, let me state it again: you hold the keys to the door of heaven! Use them faithfully, carefully, and often!
I hope I’ve piqued your interest to examine this special power and right. Let’s take up a study of the fifth chief part of the Small Catechism. It’s title could strike you as mundane, but its content and practical application are vital for every relationship, every marriage. It fills the family with love and strengthens the spiritual muscle of this congregation. Study The Keys and Confession with me beginning September 9.
Our focus will be something like this:
Power and Right
September 9—I have the Keys
September 16—I Share the Keys
September 23—The Keys Abused
September 30—I’m Locked Out; Help!
October 7—Heaven’s Open; I’m Forgiven