About the LUCSA Christian Education Desk

The LUCSA Christian Education Program seeks to foster lifelong journeys in faith through the development of Christian education materials and training with and for member churches.

While all LUCSA member churches are engaged in Christian education it is understood that many congregations lack printed resource material and training. Learning and teaching resources are needed that are based on Scripture and the Lutheran confessions and that are relevant for a diversity of contexts in Southern Africa.

LUCSA has approved the development of 6 resource books along with support for training of trainers to assist member churches in providing a comprehensive framework for lifelong learning in Christian Education for children, youth and adults.
LUCSA is also adding other related Christian education resources to the website to enable members to access additional material and share information.

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Visit https://www.facebook.com/LutheranCommunion/events/ for weekly curriculum tips.

LUCSA Sunday School Teachers’ Resource Books One, Two and Three are loosely based on the three-year Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). Each book caters for three age levels. Over three years the curriculum covers all of the main stories in the Bible.

LUCSA Book 4 provides a curriculum for Confirmation classes. LUCSA Book 5 is for youth and young adults and Book 6 is an adult Christian education resource for lay leaders and clergy.

Use LUCSA Sunday School Teachers’ Resource Book Three (Blue cover/Year C) for all age levels throughout 2019.

Book One (Green Cover/Year A) should be used in 2020 and Book 2 (Yellow cover/Year B) in 2021.

LUCSA Books 2 and 3 (Vivendo em Comunidade com Cristo, Escola Dominical, Recurso para professores) are now also available in Portuguese (R100 each).

LUCSA Books 1-4 are sold as a set for R400. Book 5 is R100 as is Book 6.

For more information or to purchase books call +27 11 979 7142 or send an email to: info@lucsa.org

Book 5: Youth And Young Adults has arrived!

LUCSA Book 5: Living Together in Christ – A Christian Education Resource for Youth and Young Adults.

Five Principles for Reading and Interpreting the Bible (A Lutheran Perspective)

1. Law and Gospel

2. What shows forth Christ?

3. Scripture interprets scripture

4. The plain meaning of a text

5. Public interpretation 

 1. Law and Gospel
God’s law shows us what we should do and shows us when we do not do it. The gospel shows us what God does for us and how God frees us and saves us in spite of our failures. We do not only find the law in the Old Testament and gospel in the New Testament. Instead, we believe the entire Bible reveals God’s law and God’s gospel to us. God’s word always reveals our sin and brokenness and also heals our sin and brokenness. That is Good News! God’s law and God’s gospel are both good because they work together to set us free. A question to keep in mind when reading the Bible is, “How does this verse reveal my/our sin and brokenness (law) and how does it offer me/us healing and hope (gospel)?”

2. What shows forth Christ?
Martin Luther referred to the Bible as the manger that held the Christ child. We worship Jesus Christ who is revealed to us through scripture. The Bible helps us to know Jesus and to have a relationship with Jesus. A second question to keep in mind when reading the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is this, “How do I see Christ revealed in this verse?”

3. Scripture interprets scripture
Some parts of the Bible are fairly easy to understand while other parts are very difficult and complicated. We can use the parts that are clearer to understand to help us make sense of the more difficult parts. In fact, we should always be thinking about the relationship between the specific text we might be reading and the overall story of the Bible (The Good News). This means we need to have a good understanding of the Bible as a whole. A question to keep in mind when reading the Bible is this, “How does this verse connect to the overall biblical story and how do other stories agree, counter or balance things out?” For example how does Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness and reconciliation shape our reading of stories of violence and warfare in some parts of the Bible?

4. The plain (ordinary) meaning of the text
Another thing to keep in mind when interpreting the text is simply what it means at face value. In an age of fearful conspiracy theories, we are often tempted to assume that there is always something more meaningful or sinister hidden behind the text. We should not become distracted by these theories. Instead we should try to understand what the author meant to say to the original audience at that time. So, a fourth question to ask when reading the Bible is this, “How were people expected to understand this verse in their context and their time in history which is both similar and different from ours?”

5. Public (Communal) interpretation
We are to interpret the Bible in community. We should read the Bible on our own but the message is not for me alone and this requires me to interpret scripture with others in mind. Therefore we should find ways to read and interpret Scripture together with people who are quite different than ourselves. This helps us to realize just how broad and deep God’s word is and it prevents us from narrow, one-sided interpretations. A key question to keep in mind is, “How might someone in a completely different life-situation or another part of the world interpret this verse or story in the Bible?” All of these principles should find their way into our reading and interpreting of the Bible for our times.

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