Pre-Lenten Workshops from Concordia Seminary

Pre-Lenten Workshop

The Gospel in Seven Words

The annual Pre-Lenten Workshop is held on campus each year to help pastors in developing their worship resources for Lent.

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Presidents Room
Registration (includes lunch): $50
Registration deadline: Jan. 5, 2018
Registration coming soon!

Presenter:

Dr. Peter Nafzger
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

Lent is all about the Gospel. Every year we set aside 40 days to reflect, repent and recall the love God has shown us in Christ. Every year we, as preachers, search for the right words to proclaim the incredible news that God does not judge us for our sins, but that in Christ, He grants us forgiveness, life and salvation.

Which words will you choose this year?

Imagine that someone asked you to summarize the Gospel in a few short words. Let’s say seven. Could you do it? Could you summarize the Gospel in seven words? How about your members? Could they confess the Gospel clearly and concisely?

During this Lent series for pastors, we will explore a variety of biblical ways in which we confess our Christian faith. In doing so, we will equip both pastors and members in finding creative ways of proclaiming the one true Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to offering a traditional series of midweek sermons, this workshop will include an interactive (dialogical) option designed to help pastors work with their members to formulate a confession of the Gospel using their own words. Peter’s encouragement in 1 Peter 3:15 provides the biblical orientation for this series, as it calls all Christians to be prepared to give the reason for our hope in Christ.

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15 ESV).

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