Circuit Winkel Bible Studies
Electronically published by the LCMS Praesidium and Council of Presidents, these Circuit Winkel Bible Studies are specifically prepared for use by pastors’ circuit meetings to strengthen our ties with one another and to help us grow in the Word of God.
2014-15 Theme | Words of Life for the Church and for the World
“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).
“One holy Church is to continue forever. The Church is the assembly of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered” (Augustana VII).
The Church “has outward marks so that it can be recognized, namely, the pure doctrine of the Gospel, and the administration of the Sacraments in accordance with the Gospel of Christ” (Apology VII/VIII).
The Lord Jesus gives John a vision of the Church at the consummation of all things: “Behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” (Rev. 7:9-10).
This one, holy, Christian and apostolic Church is here and now, wherever the Word of God is present. The Word of God will have believers, it will not return to God void!
The Church is created and lives by Words, specific Words, true Words and every one of them God’s Words. “Let God be true though everyone were a liar” (Rom. 3:4). As Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Luke 21:33).
The Church is commissioned to bring life to the world through God’s Words so that they may be baptized unto eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ and be taught to treasure and observe everything Jesus has commanded.
These studies are funded by a grant of $200 from each LMCS district. Questions and comments may be directed to the general editor of the series, Rev. Mark W. Love.
- September 2009 - May 2010 Series
"The Pastor as Steward"
- September 2007 - May 2008 Series
- October 2006 - May 2007 Series