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ACTS: Lutheran Confessions

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This past Saturday kicked off the second session of the 2018 Fall ACTS (The Ambassadors Community for Theological Study) course in Waynesboro, Wytheville, and Yorktown. ACTS is intended to enrich and equip laity for intentional service as ambassadors for Christ in homes, churches, and in their communities. It provides comprehensive exposure to the foundations of Lutheran faith through classroom and experiential education. ACTS also serves as a continuing education course for rostered ministers.

Led by ACTS Director, Deacon Lisa J. Geiger, ACTS instruction is offered in large-group sessions at a single location (with the option of satellite sites), with breakout small-group sessions occurring across the state each led by rostered leaders or ACTS program graduates. From these sessions, ACTS participants gain a theological grounding for their personal call, equipping them to answer the call to be Christ’s ambassador- be it in congregational leadership roles, or leading throughout the Synod.

This year’s fall course, “Lutheran Confessions”, focuses on the heart of our Lutheran theology. Participants in this session are studying the content and development of the Augsburg Confession and Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms found in the Book of Concord. The Book of Concord provides the foundational documents for Lutheran faith. By the end of this course, the participants will have an increased knowledge of the importance of grace, “down religion”, Luther’s explanation of the law (commandments that reveal our sin) and the gospel (promises of what God does in creating, redeeming and making holy), and the importance of our daily dying and rising in our baptism as the center of our Christian life.

The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert served as the speaker for this ACTS Course. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert is emeritus Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Reformation History at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. A parish pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for over seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he received his doctorate from Duke University in 1984 and was on Philadelphia’s faculty from 1989 to 2013. He has authored and edited more than two dozen books, including “The Book of Concord” used in the ACTS course. His translation into English of Luther’s Small Catechism is widely used throughout the ELCA.
This year, the Fall ACTS course had a total of 120 participants registered, affirming that The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert is a favorite presenter among ACTS participants new and returning! Both sessions showcased his engaging, educational and humorous view of the texts.
Visit www.vasynod.org/ministries/acts to learn more about the ACTS program.
By | 2019-01-09T11:49:00-04:00 November 15th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on ACTS: Lutheran Confessions

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