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.
2013-2014 Theme | WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
Every teaching of God’s Word ultimately leads to Christ or centers in Christ and all Christ has done and is still doing for us. As we testify of the one trust God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the words of our witness must be clear and consistent with HIS Word. Only in this way will we bring the greatest comfort to hurting people – penitent sinners.
Yet, much of the Biblical message to which we bear witness, has at various times been rejected, confused or co-opted for various human ends. People miss or willfully ignore the true goal of God’s Word, the justification of the sinner before God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
When we seek to clarify the witness of God’s Word, the world and even many within the church often ask, “What difference does that make?” Since we are called to testify of Christ in a manner faithful to His Word, it is critical that our witness be clear. That’s why, in these studies, we will be examining what difference clarity or the lack thereof really makes with a host of Biblical teachings. The topics we’ll discuss become even more urgent as these teachings are in the front lines of our witness to the lost and crucial for the strengthening of believers.
Each segment of this series makes use of a negative question so as to sharpen and focus our doctrinal teaching. The answers God’s Word provides to our questions serve to give a clearer and more positive witness to the Lord Jesus Christ for all hearers, both those who have not yet believed and to those who have heard with faith and are baptized.
These studies are funded by a grant of $200 from each LCMS district. Questions and comments may be directed to the general editor of the series, Rev. Mark W. Love.
- September 2013: Original Sin
Focus: What difference would it make if our preaching and teaching are not informed by (or if they minimize) the real nature and effect of original sin, both before and after Baptism?
Writer: Pastor James Blain
- March 2014: The Priesthood of the Baptized
Writer: What difference would it make if the God given role and responsibilities of the “priesthood of all believers” and the “Office of the Ministry” are not rightly taught?
Writer: Pastor Michael Roth
- April 2014: One Holy Christian Church
Focus: What difference would it make if the Holy Christian Church is not understood here and now – as it shall be revealed then and there, at the end of time – as THE Assembly of All Believers, gathered by God’s Spirit through the means of grace?
Writer: Pastor William Cwirla
- September 2009 - May 2010 Series
"The Pastor as Steward"
- September 2007 - May 2008 Series
- October 2006 - May 2007 Series