What is faith formation? Welcoming questions of all sorts.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,

so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The Apostle Paul to the Romans (12:2)


Too often theology or "talk about God" is viewed as stuff for hermits and marooned shipwreck victims. When there's nothing else to do, then is the time to ask abstract questions about God. Such a notion would have exasperated the apostle Paul. To him, theology was worthless unless it made a difference in how people lived. Paul did not live as an intellectual recluse. He applied his theology to life, a.k.a. practicing what he preached. In fact, the lofty book of Romans was written while he was also raising money for famine victims in Jerusalem (see Romans 15:25-27).


Martin Marty, pastor and Lutheran church historian, has stated: "Christian faith has to do less with what you know and more with whom you know, namely, God and God in Jesus Christ." And yet, the "what" of Christian knowledge also matters greatly because all kinds of stories, events, memories, doctrines, and programs enrich the faith. In faith as in the rest of life, a person grows in knowledge by asking questions.


Therefore, as Lutherans, we welcome questions of all sorts from every generation. 


Faith formation for everyone . . .


  • Confirmation

    A new Confirmation curriculum from Sparkhouse . . .

    Collaborate* is fearless faith formation . . . for 6th to 8th grade youth.

    Mondays from 4:00 PM to 5:10 PM (October thru May)


    Confirmation classes will resume on Monday, October 17th

    Click on the Winking Luther to view the schedule.


    *A two-year commitment to hands-on interactive learning that leads to deep engagement with the Bible, church history, and Lutheran theology.

  • Bible Study

    Living for What Really Matters:

    7 weeks in the letter to the Philippians

    Thursdays @ 2:30 PM on Zoom

    Begins January 5th, concludes on February 16th


    What do our lives say about what we think really matters? We glorify busyness—and yet we also acknowledge that hustle leads to burnout. Our mantras are “progress, not perfection” and “my current situation is not my final destination,” yet we feel hopeless and pessimistic when life isn’t “how it should be.” But what if it’s only pointlesshustle that leads to burnout? What if struggle can be valuable if we allow it to lead us to growth and depth? What if trading “likes” and approval for authenticity leads to joy?

     

    Paul’s letter to the Philippians is often referred to as the “joy book” of the bible—and though it’s true Paul speaks eloquently about joy throughout, we can miss the powerful statement he’s making about life in Christ if focus on joy alone. Philippians is about unity and community, authenticity and dependence on God no matter the season—and out of that, deep, meaningful joy. This—not success, not achievement, not independence, not comfort—is the life that really matters.

     

    As we journey together through the letter to the Philippians, we will begin to learn how to intentionally develop lives that make a difference—by growing deep roots in community and blossoming in the midst of whatever we face.


    *To join us for this bible study, please email Pastor Susan at HTLCHHPastor@gmail.com