Your generous financial donations support the Luther Study Centre, located in Indonesia. The Luther Study Centre was founded because the National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (KN-LWF) was being asked by church members for more information about Luther’s teachings and Lutheran doctrine. KN-LWF realised that, due to the increasing development of new church doctrines […]
Your generous financial donations support the Luther Study Centre, located in Indonesia. The Luther Study Centre was founded because the National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (KN-LWF) was being asked by church members for more information about Luther’s teachings and Lutheran doctrine. KN-LWF realised that, due to the increasing development of new church doctrines and denominations in Indonesia, the Lutheran identity of their members was not being maintained.
The Luther Study Centre was therefore founded as a place to equip church members, schoolteachers, seminaries, and pastors with a deeper understanding of Lutheran doctrine. The Luther Study Centre continues to ask and explore questions such as: What is the meaning of the reformation for churches in Indonesia? Is Luther’s reform relevant today? Is the Lutheran church in Indonesia continually reforming and transforming, while holding to the Biblical truths which were explained and taught by Martin Luther? How can Martin Luther’s reformation be used to deepen and develop the faith and spirituality of church members living in a multicultural society?
The Luther Study Centre is thankful for the opportunity to join God in His mission to young people who are involved in Lutheran schools and Lutheran churches in Indonesia.
KN-LWF values the importance of Lutheran schools in Indonesia. They believe the Holy Spirit uses these schools to be places where, through the staff and Christian religion classes, students come to learn more about God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and begin or deepen their relationship with Him. These schools are places where students are reminded of the gospel, its promise that none of our actions can justify us and that any good deeds we do are prompted by the Holy Spirit and are an outflowing of thanks for God’s faithfulness toward us. They are taught about the love of God the Father, who gave us His beloved Son to live, die, rise, and then ascend and in doing so, welcomes us into His family for eternity.
The Luther Study Centre provides training based on Martin Luther’s teachings contained in the small catechism for Christian religious teachers who teach at Lutheran schools. The teachings include exploring the doctrine of justification, the ten commandments, the Nicene and Apostles creed, the Lord’s prayer, the sacrament of Holy Baptism, confession and forgiveness, the sacrament of the altar (Holy Communion) and Martin Luther’s morning and evening prayers. It is KN-LWF’s hope that, in equipping the teachers, the teachers will be confident to pass their learnings on to the students in their care.
KN-LWF are committed to:
– supporting the youth of their churches to develop and grow their Christian faith while becoming disciples whose lives are shaped by the example of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit;
– motivating the youth to continue to develop their ministries in the church and in their social fields and wider communities.
One of the ways they do this is by inviting the youth to join in their Lutheran Youth Gatherings, which are run in collaboration and cooperation of several Indonesian Lutheran churches.
The gatherings serve to enable the youth to begin life-long friendships and connections with others who they can support through their struggles, frustrations and burdens, and share together in their delights, joys and opportunities. During these gatherings, the youth attend seminars which teach on topics such as chosen and empowered, human trafficking and the church: prophetic advocacy and faithfulness to the gospel, being a peace messenger, inhabiting Christ as our home. These gatherings are places where the youth can explore and grow in the gifts that God has blessed them with and where they are prepared for doing faith in life outside of Sunday worship. By being reassured of how loved they are by their Heavenly Father through these Gatherings, they are able to live more boldly and serve more lovingly.
Thank you for enabling KN-LWF to reach out to the young- equipping and building on the faith of those who are already involved in the church and sharing Jesus with those who do not yet have a relationship with him.
Many of our partner churches are working in new territory for the kingdom of God; therefore, spiritual attack is their everyday reality. As a member of a congregation, school, or family, or a couple or individual, you are invited to commit to praying for our partners in mission. For regular prayer point updates, go to www.lca.org.au/international-mission/act-now/pray
Read more stories about our partner churches in Indonesia at www.lcamission.org.au/category/stories/international-partners/indonesia/