CHRIST’S LOVE DEMONSTRATED IN THE EFFICACY OF THE MEANS OF GRACE
By Rev. John M. Brenner
This Bible study is based on the essay, “Christ’s Love Demonstrated in the Efficacy of the Means of Grace,” presented at the synod convention held in Saginaw, Michigan, July 27-31, 2009.
Those who lead this study will find it helpful to read the essay, which is printed in the convention Proceedings. The study is the result of a convention resolution which called for a series of “theological discussions” of important and timely issues. The format allows for use in a variety of settings, including pastor and teacher conferences, adult Bible class, or leadership groups. It also lends itself well to a selfdirected study for those who wish to use it on their own.
Each section provides more passages and questions that you may have time to use. Leaders should feel free to pick and choose or to develop their own questions. At times a group of several passages is followed by only one or two questions. This may offer an opportunity for quick break out groups of two or three people. Break out groups would also work well for the “Points to Ponder” sections.
May the Holy Spirit bless your study of these important scriptural truths.
Part I Human Sin and God’s Plan of Salvation
Part II God’s Law and Gospel are Powerful
Part III The Means of Grace are Always Efficacious
Part IV The Means of Grace Work Supernaturally but not Magically
Part V The Power of the Means of Grace Moves Us to Trust and to Act
(This study is available on WELS Connect)