2017 – Christ Alone
The centre of the Christian faith, the centre of the Reformation: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour
The 9th Annual Corpus Christi Conference
Halle (Saale), Germany
17-21 July 2017
Venue Address: Franckesche Stiftung zu Halle | Franckeplatz 1, Haus 37, 06110 Halle
Main Speaker: Rev. Esko Murto (Professor at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St.
Come and experience:
- Solid, biblical teaching by excellent international speakers
- Rich, liturgical, Christ-centred worship
- International fellowship with young adults
- The beautiful city of Halle with rich history and culture
Registration Now Closed. (Registration ended July 2nd)
Regular conference fee with hostel accomodation € 135
Regular conference fee without accommodation € 95
The conference fee includes participation, lunch and dinner, but not accommodation. Accommodation is available just for 40€ (four nights) in a youth hostel booked through Corpus Christi. This is excellent value for money, highly recommended and includes breakfast. Click on the registration link above for more information! Note that this year there is no sleeping in classrooms accommodation as in previous years. Have a question? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Little Information About the Hostel:
- Linen and bedding is supplied
- Bring your own towel or rent a small towel for 50 cents/ a large one for 1 Euro
- There are lockers in the room
- Breakfast is from 7:00 – 9:00
- The tram station nearest to the hostel is: “Am Steintor,” and can be reached with the tram 1,2,5,10, or 12
- 15 parking spaces are next to the hostel
- Check-in: 15:00-22:00 (luggage can be brought before this time), check-out 10:00
- Reception is open around the clock
1. Scripture Alone – Jesus Christ comes to us in His word, in the word of the prophets and of the apostles (Rev. Torkild Masvie)
Questions that will be treated: If the Bible, and only the Bible, is the inspired word of God, infallible and inerrant – How do I know it is? What is the purpose? What about the difficult passages, and the tension with what is taught in secular science and history?
2. Grace Alone – The salvation brought to us by Jesus Christ is solely dependent on Him and not on us (Rev. Tapani Simojoki)
Questions that will be treated: What role does grace play in our salvation and what role does it play in our Christian lives? Everyone agrees on the necessity of God’s grace, but what for? How do you make passive (recipients of God’s grace) Lutherans active?
3. Faith Alone – Living justified apart from the works of the law (Rev. Daniel Brandt)
Questions that will be treated: Where does the Bible teach that we are saved through faith alone in Christ, and what does this mean? Doesn’t it matter how we live? Is faith the one good work WE must do? Also: The teaching about justification through faith alone was opposed during the time of the reformation – what about today?
4. Session for Theologians – The fourth and final in-depth session is aimed at theology students and young theologians. There will be an introduction to the various topics with a discussion afterwards. The discussions will emphasize how the topics can relate to our life in faith and service.
Topics include: Christ alone: How to hold together sensus literalis and sensus mysticus in hermeneutics and homiletics?
Christ alone: Christ in me and me in Christ – how to hold mystical union and forensic justification together? Christ alone in our vocations: Living with “Christ is Lord” as gospel.
1. Christ Reigns in your Family, Church, and State (Johann Hillerman)
Christ alone is our Lord. While he is sitting at the right hand of the father, he is reigning – but not directly but through many different people: parents, superiors in state, at the working place and church… He has instituted these orders already in the Fourth Commandment. In this seminar we will discuss Christ´s reigning over us and through us over others and how it looks in our everyday life and in the society we live in.
2. Our Free Will and Faith in Christ (Konstantin Subbotin)
It can be a surprise for many Lutherans that the two books Dr. Luther considered the most important among those he had written were the Small Cathechism and… De Servo Artbitrio – On the Bondage of the Will. Why is this brain-racking question – “Is our will free or not?” – so important even today? And do we know the answer to this question? We will try to meditate on both – theoretical and practical aspects of this question.
3. Outreach Taught by Christ (Roberts Otomers)
Jesus Christ said to his disciples: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Mt.28:18-19) It is a great command that Christ has given to his disciples, but how to do it? We don’t have to invent anything new. Christ alone is the best example – of how to make disciples. In this seminar we will look at the ways how Christ has been doing it, in order that we might learn it ourselves! (Roberts Otomers)
4. Talking about our Faith in Christ (Alexander Schneider)
A truely charitable way of speaking to people with different opinions regarding the faith than us can only grow out of knowing what you belive and what not and for what reason. Let’s think about that for a while. (Alexander Schneider)
5. Christ Hidden in Bach’s Music (Georg Mogwitz)
Johann Sebastian Bach is well-known by admirers of his music as the “Fifth Evangelist”. He wrote many pieces of music for the Church and as an orthodox Lutheran, he used his music to convey the Gospel. He also did this by hiding theological messages in the language of the music. We will search out and listen to a few of these. (Georg Mogwitz)
6. Living in Christ as Man or Woman (Elisabeth Murto)
What hinders us from being the kind of woman/man we were created to be? And how were we actually created to be? Does my role change if I stay single or get married? Already now we can know: we are in Christ, cared for and provided with everything we need! In this seminar, we will ponder about our own expectations and assumptions towards the role of men/women, how society and our own experiences are forming them, and how a biblical approach is helpful. (Elisabeth Murto)
7. Worshiping Christ in the Liturgy (Samuli Siikavirta)
Why do we worship the way we worship? Many Lutheran churches are divided on the topic of worship style: traditional and liturgical, contemporary or something in between? In this seminar, we will talk about the way in which traditional Lutheran liturgy joins us with the worship of the Jewish people and with the worship of the ancient Christian Church and why this is important.
8. Refugees in the Christian Church (Hugo Gevers)
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Mt. 25:35) The Holy Bible has been written by refugees for refugees. Therefore we Christians have a very special responsibility and commitment to refugees. As more and more people are forced to leave their home countries, the responsibility to such refugees is becoming ever greater for the Christian church. The latest developments have shown, that our Christian commitment toward refugees can bring us into conflict with the state. In this seminar we will deal with pastoral care with and among refugees. We will also speak about problems and challenges we have with the recognition of Christian Asylum seekers and also the problem of church Asylum.
How to get there
Want to visit the place where Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses, taught Theology, and translated the Bible into German? Make a stop at the many UNESCO sites in Wittenberg. If you are traveling to or from Berlin it’s even on the way!
Meet the Speaker
Rev. Esko Murto is a graduate of Helsinki University (Master of Theology) and of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft Wayne (STM). After being in different positions of church leadership in Finland, especially as senior pastor of St Mark Lutheran Church in Helsinki (2010-2015), he now is Professor for Systematic Theology at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catherines, Canada. As his newly-wed wife is from Germany, it is deemed appropriate to call him a globetrotter.
More on the Plenary Sessions
Who is Jesus Christ? In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 16, Jesus asks his disciples “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The answers were different and varied back then. And so they are today. The character of Jesus at the same time interests and confuses people. Some are inspired by him and others reject him – but even in their rejection, they can’t help being somehow fascinated by him. The world may ask, but it will never truly comprehend who Jesus Christ is.
Then the Lord asks: “But who do you say I am?” In the plenary sessions we will pursue the answer to that question. Who do we say that the Son of Man is? The answer to this is not revealed by “flesh and blood” but by the Father in heaven. To find the answer, we will look into the promises God has given to his people through the ages concerning the coming messiah. We will study what Jesus says about himself. We will ask: where is Christ today and what is his will and purpose for us? Through these questions we are also led to rediscover the message of the Lutheran reformation, now celebrating its 500th anniversary, with the same central question: Who is Jesus and what is his will concerning us? Who do we say that he is?