Lutheranism: Bound and Free

Bound by Grace, Set Free by Love: Discover Lutheranism's Journey

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Dive into the heart of the Lutheran tradition to enrich your faith, empower your actions, and amplify your capacity to share love!

This immersive, self-paced course will walk you through a deep examination of the core tenets of Lutheranism, unraveling its historical context, grace-centered theology, and firm roots in the life of Jesus as a model for embodying the love of God. Through engaging and thoughtfully-designed modules, participants will explore the writings of Martin Luther, the teachings of Jesus, and practical strategies to integrate those revolutionary and life-changing principles into daily life. Come and gain profound insights that will foster your spiritual and personal growth, and equip yourself to radiate God’s love and grace to others.

Join us for this transformative journey. Martin Luther’s personal story is one of movement–out of shame and into the joy of God’s healing love and grace. In his footsteps, may you be emboldened to fully embrace the liberating principles of Lutheranism, emerging as a “bound and free” disciple and striving to embody grace, love, and service in all aspects of your life!

What You'll Learn

  • Uncover Lutheranism's Essence: Understand the pivotal role of grace and faith in shaping your spiritual journey.
  • Translate Core Theology to Action: As you dive into the tradition’s historical context, learn how to apply core Lutheran practices and teachings in practical ways that impact your life and community.
  • Embrace Personal Freedom: Explore the radical concept of God's grace, breaking free from legalism and embracing the joyous relationship that Jesus offers.
  • Integrate Faith into Your Life: Discover how to infuse your daily roles and responsibilities with living faith, transforming your interactions and finding purpose in your vocation.
  • Serve with Love: Explore compassionate service and social responsibility within the context of Lutheranism.
  • Embody Holistic Discipleship: Synthesize your learning and embrace your identity as a “bound and free” disciple, committing to grace, love, and service.

About this Course

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  • Time

7 hours, 30 minutes

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Here's What's Inside...

Get oriented to the course, meet your instructor, download the interactive handbook, and more.

In this module, you will:

  • Understand Martin Luther’s struggles with the church.
  • Appreciate the role of spiritual crisis in bringing about change.

In this module, you will:

  • Examine the ways that today’s culture spiritually imprisons people.
  • Understand God’s disruptive grace.
  • Ask God to show you where you need to be free.

In this module, you will:

  • Understand Luther’s definition of faith.
  • Realize how this kind of faith was revolutionary for Luther.
  • Reflect on where Luther’s faith is reflected in the Lutheran church today.

In this module, you will:

  • Understand the relationship between forgiveness and freedom.
  • Practice accepting the gift of faith.

In this module, you will:

  • Consider Luther’s revolutionary paradox of freedom and constraint.
  • Understand how this paradox has shaped Christian marriage and family life.

In this module, you will:

  • Consider the areas to which you are called.
  • Assess the risks of living into your vocation.
  • Set goals to more freely live your calling.

In this module, you will:

  • Understand how the Lord’s Supper and Baptism reflect the ways Christians are free and called.

Find out your next steps as you complete the course and how to stay connected with your group. You'll also be able to submit feedback about your course.

You'll Learn How to Connect with God
Biblical text reading: "God is love."

We all seek to nourish our spirits and enrich our relationship with God. Through “Lutheranism: Bound and Free,” you can liberate yourself from legalism, explore the spiritual depths of the sacraments, and embrace purposeful, compassionate, and socially-responsible discipleship. Come and connect with God anew–or for the first time!–as you walk through the rich story of our tradition. Lean into your identity as a cherished child of God today, and allow that freshly-understood love and grace to spill out to your community through your own embodied faith!

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Here's everything you get for just $55:

  1. A Refreshing Antidote: The Lutheran church tends to engage with faith and service in quiet ways that draw little attention, yet its focus on God’s grace as a free gift invites us to break free from the legalism so rampant in American Christianity!
  2. Practical Applications: Course participants won’t just learn about the theological teachings of Lutheranism; they’ll learn how to embody those tenets, infusing faith into all areas of their lives and communities.
  3. Online Community: Join a supportive, caring, and engaging online community of peers and listeners, fostering interactive discussions and shared growth.
  4. A Comprehensive Journey: This course will leave no stone unturned, providing a foundational and thorough overview of the historical context, teachings, and implications of Lutheranism.
  5. Interactive Handbook: Navigate the course with ease using our interactive handbook, enhancing your learning experience.
  6. Flexible Pacing: Tailor your learning experience to your schedule and preferences.
  7. Spiritual Revitalization: Renew your understanding of your faith and reconnect to your essential calling as a compassionate servant and purposeful disciple of Christ!
  8. Continuous Access: Access course materials even after completion, allowing you to revisit insights whenever you need.
  9. Group Registration Option: Lead a group or share the material with others, amplifying the impact of this transformative experience.
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Meet Your Instructor

  • Mark Tranvik

    Mark Tranvik is a parish pastor at heart. He spent almost ten years (1984-93) as a pastor at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. It was a rich experience, full of struggle and joy. While teaching about the Reformation or a theological topic, he pays attention to what is happening in the local churches. One of Tranvik’s favorite things to do is to visit congregations and lead adult forums. He does not want his scholarship to be disconnected from the “real world” of the parish.

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Connect inside the Faith+Lead Learning Lab

Learning happens best when you do it together with folks who are on the same journey as you are.

That's why our private social network, the Faith+Lead Learning Lab, hosts conversations about course content with other learners, instructors, TAs, and community leaders.

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Study together with a small group or congregation

Want to bring Lutheranism: Bound and Free to your Bible study, small group, or even your entire congregation?

Choose "Enroll a Group" at checkout and select how many people you'd like to provide access to the course. You can go through the course together in-person, watch lessons together via Zoom, or even create a private group in the Learning Lab where participants can connect asynchronously.

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