In preparation for the 67e Lutheran Church Regular Convention — Missouri Synod (LCMS) scheduled for July 20-25 in Tampa, Fla., A new convention-themed Bible study, “Joy: Fully Lutheran” (1 Thess. 5 : 16-18), is now available for free download.
Written by Rev. Timothy Pauls, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Boise, Idaho, the Bible study consists of five lessons exploring what joy is and where to find it.
Pauls writes in the introduction to the study: “In a world as joyless as this, we have the message of Christ which gives grace and peace, enlightening hearts and quickening souls.
“There is so much pressure to hide the gospel under a bushel or to downplay our confession of faith. It is time to do the opposite. Let’s proclaim loud and clear what we believe in, knowing why we are doing it. “
Each study lesson includes a collection, a “warm-up” (opening reflection), and specific Bible verses that relate to the topic of the lesson, as well as discussion questions and answers.
The course topics are:
- “Where are the true joys”;
- “Joyful adoration”;
- “Joyful vocations”;
- “Joy in suffering”; and
- “A joyous wait”.
The conclusion of each lesson includes suggestions for applying what has been learned in everyday life under the headings: Rejoice! Give thanks! Pray! To sing!
Pauls writes in his final thoughts for the Bible study: “I will be honest. Some days I don’t feel joy, ”but note,“ We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5: 7). By faith we know that where Christ is, there is joy.
In a video recommending Bible study, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison says it’s for everyone, not just those attending the convention, adding, “Pastor Pauls ask the tough questions and invite everyone to find the joy of Christ every day. . … From start to finish, you will see how the gifts of the Word and the Sacraments of God bring Christ to us.
“And that is joy.”
Watch the introductory video and download the Bible Study “Joy: Fully Lutheran” at lcms.org/convention/biblestudy.
Posted on March 7, 2019