So with this new year we are beginning a new teaching series in the adult Sunday school class I co-teach at my church. We just finished working through the book of Ephesians five verses at a time, so we are starting a new bunch of stuff. Beautifully, the class is overwhelmingly in favor of studying part of Scripture in that manner again, so we decided upon 1 Peter for the rest of the year. The first thing, however, we will cover is three weeks on Luther’s doctrine of vocation since this is a class full of 20/30-ish single career adults. While this doctrine spiders out into all sorts of areas of theology (justification, anthropology, creation, eschatology, ecclesiology, and on and on), these folks’ background is diverse enough (unchurched, American evangelicalism, dispensationalism, presbyterian, life-long BBC attenders, etc.) that we thought it would be very important to understand how Christians are to live in this world in this age in this trajectory of history. As resources, I’m using:
- Gene Edward Veith, God at Work, and its study guide (.doc)
- Martin Luther, Freedom of the Christian Man
- Gustav Wingren, Luther on Vocation
- Michael S. Horton, Where in the World is the Church?
Can you guys think of anything I could be helped by that I haven’t found? What should I make sure to cover over that three week period? I think it’s going to be less about ‘your job’ explicitly and more about the relation between Christ and culture, and I’ll be taking the Reformers’ (broad) position on the issues. I’d love to hear what you think of the topic in general.