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Spring Learning Communities Program

MARTIN LUTHER ON THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

Sunday February 26th – Wednesday March 22nd, 2023
Each Sunday live at 6:00 p.m. CST, repeated Wednesday via a facilitated recording at 7:00 p.m. CST

Dr. Candace Kohli, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology

Do Lutherans shout justification and whisper sanctification? This question, posed by an Orthodox theologian and made (in)famous by Carter Lindberg, a former LSTC student, suggests an over emphasis on Christ and justification in Luther’ theology and its reception in modern Lutheranism. Luther actually had much to say in the final decade of his career about the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit’s role in the Christian life. In many ways, in fact, Luther’s late “discovery” of the Spirit helped him to answer unresolved questions inherent in his doctrine of justification alone by faith alone, such as the ongoing role of the law in the Christian life, ethical and moral foundations for a life lived in community, and what really happens to the soul in justification. For Luther the Christian life was a life lived in and with the Spirit in thought, word, and deed?

Week 1: A Trinitarian Pneumatology: The Spirit as divine agent of the law and gift of the gospel
Week 2: Did you say “sanctification”? The Spirit as Christ’s healing medicine for the soul
Week 3: Fanning Spiritual Flames: The role of prayer in the Spirit-soul relation
Week 4: Christians Do Good Works! The role of the Spirit in supporting the Christian life

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