“Discipleship is about death to the old Adam and the resurrection of a new man, who lives before God by faith and before the world in love that serves the neighbor.”

– John Pless, Luther’s Small Catechism: A Manual for Discipleship


Why a Learning Hour?

Christ called His followers to know the truth that would set them free, and the Bible repeatedly warns us not to fall prey to teaching that is attractive but empty. The Learning Hour feeds our minds and hearts on goodness and truth, helping us to better understand our faith and better resist the many things that would pull us away from the Gospel. Spending time together in God’s Word is also a great way to develop deeper friendships.

A Typical Learning Hour Class

Courses range from a half dozen to fifty people, and some have a video component while others rely on group discussion or the main speaker. Leaders and participants are generally friendly and would love to have you join them no matter how much you do or don’t know about the Bible.

Current Classes:

  • This Sunday we will begin to study Will Weedon’s Book ‘Thank, Praise, Serve and Obey – Recover the Joys of Piety’.

    Right now we are planning on 8 sessions, one for the introduction / a hymn study and one for each chapter in the book. Since there are eight chapters we will probably double up Chapters 6 and 7. Each class will have a short video by Will Weedon followed by a discussion.

    Books will be available this week in the church office or will be passed out in class. Don’t worry, you don’t need it for the first class.


EXPLORING OUR FAITH - In this course we will explore the six chief parts of the Christian faith as outlined by Dr. Martin Luther in his catechisms. In so doing, you will find that our Lutheran faith is Bible based, and in agreement with the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.  Once you’ve taken the course you will have prepared yourself to become an active communicant member of St. Michael Lutheran Church, if you so desire. Video segments from this class are offered below.

 Jesus teaches us wherever we go, and discipleship truly extends beyond the classroom and sanctuary into every part of a Christian’s life. Here are a few opportunities to consider at SMLC:

Small Groups - Small Groups are where faith can be formed and put to use in an informal, caring community. Studying the Bible and talking about what matters, these groups have a variety of different meeting times, locations, and specialties. For more information, visit the Small Groups page.


Other Conferences - Our church’s members attend several conferences throughout the year, including Luther Hostel, the Michigan District Theological Conference, and others. Contact the church office for details.


More Resources for Individuals or Groups

CPH Faith Courses: Age Adult-High School

Adult and Teen CPH Devotions

  • Podcasts: KFUO and other Confessional Lutheran podcasts abound on iTunes
  • Around the Word devotions online
  • CPH’s Small Catechism app
  • So many great books:
    • Thank, Praise, Serve and Obey
    • Portals of Prayer
    • Book of Concord
    • A Martyr’s Faith in a Faithless World
    • Religion on Trial
    • Clearly Christian