The following audio was recorded on October 7 & 8, 2011 at Red Hill Lutheran Church in Tustin, CA. The four lecturers were asked to provide their thoughts on the connection between Evangelism and World Mission understood through the Lutheran Small Catechism. We hope you find the content valuable.
John Bradosky | Evangelism as a Matter of Identity
Evangelism is not formulaic, rather it is the clear proclamation of the Good News found only in Christ Jesus that has not only made a profound difference in our life but is the essence of our life and our identity.
James Nestingen | Secondary Confirmation Pt. 1
James Nestingen | Secondary Confirmation Pt. 2
Secondary Confirmation is the historical way Lutheran’s have passed on the faith to our children and grandchildren. Bringing up God fearing children falls to parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents and teachers; all helping to re-prioritize life so that the Christian narrative is passed down to our children at all ages.
Devotion – Rev. John Bradosky
Yohannes Mengsteab | Crossing Cultures & Languages
World Evangelism is meant to cross both cultural and linguistic barriers. When Christ set loose the gospel in Matthew 28, the vision was for peoples of all tribes and tongues to hear the good news of salvation. Dr. Mengsteab provides a picture of and encouragement for becoming global fishers-of-men.
Adam Francisco | Contending for the Faith with Confidence
The culture that surrounds us regards the gospel as legend or myth. This assumption is continually affirmed when Christians fail to contend with confidence for its truthfulness. This lecture assesses our current cultural milieu and offers a basic yet essential apologetic response grounded in the core claim of Christianity: that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself (2 Cor. 5:19).
Yohannes Mengsteab | The Content of World Missions
The language and content provided us in the small catechism: comfort and provision, assurance and gift is the same that we are sent with to the world. If the framework of World Missions is culture and language, Christ crucified is the true content as Yohannes illustrates with stories from the mission field.
Adam Francisco | The Challenge of Islam
Islam seeks, as the Qur’an 9:33 puts it, to prevail over every religion. This includes Christianity. What this all means — and there is already plenty of evidence for it – is that theological encounters with Islam will become more commonplace as Muslim populations increase in number and confidence. This lecture will hone in on the theological challenges and evangelical opportunities some might already be experiencing and others can expect in the near future
James Nestingen | Confession and Absolution: The gospel flows from forgiveness
Are confession and absolution outdated practice from an outdated church? What does it mean when we hear, “your sins are forgiven on account of Christ”? What happens in the declaration of these words that is worth continuing the practice? Jim will discuss these questions with refreshing clarity and constant focus on Christ as he brings the wisdom of Scripture to bear on this important Christian doctrine.