For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicki Biggs
Director, Integrated Communications
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
‘Baptized for This Moment’ convention-themed Bible study available
Lent and Easter resource for congregational or group use
ST. LOUIS, February 22, 2013—In preparation for this summer’s 65th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), a special Bible study that relates to the convention theme, “Baptized for This Moment,” is now available.
Prepared as five lessons, this study is particularly appropriate for congregational or group use during the Lent or Easter seasons. The study’s five lessons include “Baptized,” “Repent and Be Baptized,” “Baptized for Witness,” “Baptized for Mercy” and “Baptized for Life Together.”
The study examines Baptism as it is explained in Scripture and explores what it means to be born of the water and Spirit; the repentance, joy and security that are ours as baptized children of God; and how each of us is baptized to bear bold witness to Christ, baptized to be about acts of mercy for our neighbor, and baptized to live joyfully in our life together.
“Use this study to dive into God’s Word,” said LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison in the study’s foreword. “Learn from it. Ponder it. Rejoice in it. The Lord blesses, and I’m confident that He will work your study of His Word for good.
“And as He does, He will prepare for us all to go forth together, confident in our bold witness to the Gospel, certain in our works of mercy, and joyful in our life together. Truly, we are baptized for this moment!”
The Rev. Timothy Pauls of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Boise, Idaho, authored the study.
The 2013 national convention will be held July 20-25 in St. Louis.
About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The 2.3 million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.lcms.org.