Our Life with God, Lesson 11: Christian Prayer, Pt. 4: Prayers for the Sainted Dead

After taking a look a one-lesson excursion on what it means to praise God, we again approach the topic of prayer.  Today, we examine the topic of praying for those who have died in the faith, whose souls are now in heaven.  Before we get to the “why,” we see if such praying is in […]

The Lutheran Church and Purgatory, Pt. 1

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the June 2016 issue of our congregational newsletter. Last month, we looked the body’s resurrection and the intermediate state of our souls being in heaven until Jesus calls forth our bodies on the Last Day. The Roman-Catholic Church also believes in an intermediate state of existence for heaven-bound […]

A Look into Praying for the Sainted Dead (2 Timothy, Lesson 3)

This is a lesson from our study of 2 Timothy.  Paul mentioned that he prayed for a man named Onesiphorus, who most likely had died when Paul prayed for him.  So, we look into this to see what we can learn. ———– Read 2 Timothy 1:16-17 In what tense (past, present, or future) does Paul refer […]

Prayers for the Dead: A Scriptural and Lutheran Worldview

Introduction The Scriptures teach us that a when a person dies, he immediately begins to experience eternity in one of two states: heaven or hell. The Christian experiences eternity as one filled with joy (heaven), although his body and soul are separated until his soul is reunited with a sinless, perfect, incorruptible body on the […]

Prayers for the Dead: Regaining What We Have Lost Within Lutheranism

This is a paper our pastor presented at the Springfield Circuit winkel of the Missouri District on January 15th, 2013.  In it, he looked at prayers for those who have died in the faith (referred to simply as “the dead”) from a scriptural, confessional, and historical perspective.  He also explored what we lost when we […]