Lutheran Study Days is a forum to promote the central and life-giving truths of classical Lutheran faith and confession. We focus on the theological clarity in the face of current public confusion, reinstatement of knowledge, socializing, informal contacts and last but not least; lectures and preaching for building up confidence and pastoral care.
Lutheran Study Days will through their events focusing on fundamental truths of faith and the proclamation of the Word of God in law and gospel. In this we find the confidence to our Christian confession. We gather people belonging to different organizations and denominations, so it is important for us to facilitate good conversation so that friendships and networks developed between us that have our home in our Lutheran confession even in different assemblies.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
THE PURPOSE OF THE LUTHERAN STUDY DAYS
The Holy Ghost is not a skeptic, nor are what He has written on our hearts doubts or opinions, but assertions more certain and more firm than life itself and all human experience
Luther writes about his seal to the hymn writer Lazarus Spengler, 8 July 1530:
“As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology.
The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. “For one who believes from the heart will be justified” (Romans 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive.”
“The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theologiae [summary of theology].
MARTIN LUTHER. GERMAN PROFESSOR IN THEOLOGY, COMPONIST, PREST AND MUNK!
Theses in Wittenberg
That we may obtain this faith, the Ministry of Teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted. For through the Word and Sacraments, as through instruments, the Holy Ghost is given, who works faith; where and when it pleases God, in them that hear the Gospel.