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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

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2 Corinthians 3:4–6

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

So, pastors and preachers, it is up to you. Our office has become a different thing from what it was under the pope; it is now significant and salutary. Accordingly, it now involves much more trouble and labor, danger and trials—and what is more, little reward and gratitude from the world. But Christ himself will be our reward if we labor faithfully. To this end, may the Father of all grace help us, to whom be praise and thanks forever, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Gratitude from the world? Too often, it seems like there is not much gratitude even from the church. That is a reason why a minister’s sufficiency must come from God. If a minister must rely upon self-sufficiency, burnout will ensue. So, we must press on, keeping the focus on the prize at the finish (Phil 3:14). We might then look back with clearer eyes and heart, and see that the Spirit of God had been at work in our ministries all along.

Prayer: Keep me focused on you, Lord. Amen.

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The Sola Confirmation Series, written by the Rev. Steven E. King, is basic work-book style Confirmation curriculum. It is designed to serve as a simple and practical resource for teaching the biblical Word of God according to the traditional pattern of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.  Each book in the series can be used as the basis for a “come as you are” small group Bible study, as a student book for home school or independent study programs, or as a classroom tool and homework resource as part of an existing confirmation program. 

The Ten Commandments book is a ten-week unit, which includes one session on each of the Commandments. The Scripture focus in the Ten Commandment series is on Moses and the Exodus Cycle, with Bible Study lessons taken primarily from the Pentateuch.

• Student Workbook   • Leader’s Guide

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Matthew 26:26–28

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

Therefore, you must not make any law on this matter, as the pope does. Instead, clearly present the benefit and detriment, the need and abuse, and the blessing and the danger in this Sacrament. Then the people will come voluntarily, without your coercion. Yet, if they do not come, let them go. Tell them that people who do not understand and acknowledge their great need and God’s gracious help belong to the devil. However, if you do not exhort them, or you merely make a law or an annoyance of it, it is your fault if they despise the Sacrament. How could they not be slothful, if you slumber and are silent?

Pulling It Together

The primary task of ministers is two-fold. First, they must teach the law so that people understand they are sinners in danger of God’s judgment. Then they are to preach the gospel so that the people are comforted by God having made a way to forgive and cover their sins through Christ Jesus. This is the great benefit of Holy Communion. There, God pours his grace out upon those who believe what he has provided for them, receiving his forgiveness through eating and drinking Christ himself. We are one with him (1 Cor 6:17) in this physical communion. 

However, if people do not understood and feel their need, they either regard God’s grace as a religious requirement or neglect it altogether. So, pastors must be at once stern and comforting, presenting both law and gospel, so that the congregation knows their need and receives the Sacrament often.

Prayer: Give me, Lord God, the power of your Spirit to live with obedient faith in your Son. Amen.

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The Great Commissions is a six-session Bible study drawing from all four Gospels, as well as the book of Acts and the writings of Paul, to focus on the calling that Jesus has given us and how it works in our everyday lives. Here is a sample PDF of the introduction and first chapter.

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Matthew 26:26–28

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

Therefore, you must not make any law on this matter, as the pope does. Instead, clearly present the benefit and detriment, the need and abuse, and the blessing and the danger in this Sacrament. Then the people will come voluntarily, without your coercion. Yet, if they do not come, let them go. Tell them that people who do not understand and acknowledge their great need and God’s gracious help belong to the devil. However, if you do not exhort them, or you merely make a law or an annoyance of it, it is your fault if they despise the Sacrament. How could they not be slothful, if you slumber and are silent?

Pulling It Together

The primary task of ministers is two-fold. First, they must teach the law so that people understand they are sinners in danger of God’s judgment. Then they are to preach the gospel so that the people are comforted by God having made a way to forgive and cover their sins through Christ Jesus. This is the great benefit of Holy Communion. There, God pours his grace out upon those who believe what he has provided for them, receiving his forgiveness through eating and drinking Christ himself. We are one with him (1 Cor 6:17) in this physical communion. 

However, if people do not understood and feel their need, they either regard God’s grace as a religious requirement or neglect it altogether. So, pastors must be at once stern and comforting, presenting both law and gospel, so that the congregation knows their need and receives the Sacrament often.

Prayer: Give me, Lord God, the power of your Spirit to live with obedient faith in your Son. Amen.

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The Great Commissions is a six-session Bible study drawing from all four Gospels, as well as the book of Acts and the writings of Paul, to focus on the calling that Jesus has given us and how it works in our everyday lives. Here is a sample PDF of the introduction and first chapter.

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John 6:53–56

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

Those who do not highly value the Sacrament are implying they have no sin, no flesh, no devil, no world, no death, no danger, no hell. That is, they do not really believe in such things—though being in them over head and shoulders by being the devil’s own twice-over. Yet, they insinuate that they need no grace, life, paradise, heaven, Christ, God, nor anything good. For if they believed they suffered so much that is evil, and needed so much that is good, they would not neglect the Sacrament by which these evils are remedied and so much good is bestowed. No laws are necessary to force believers to the Sacrament; they will come running, racing of their own accord, forcing themselves and urging you to administer the Sacrament.

Pulling It Together

We have no life in ourselves. Nevertheless, our old, inborn natures want to keep trying to live. Though drowned and buried with Christ in baptism (Rom 6:4), we must be reassured of our death and burial since the old nature so expertly plays the part of a zombie, each day trying to claw its way out of the grave. Christ revives and cures that dead man walking with the true medicine of his body and blood. This is the blessing of grace and renewed life that comes from God as we eat his holy supper—a meal we must receive often, indeed as soon as possible after noticing the dirt is under our fingernails once again.

Prayer: Sustain me, O Lord, through your own death and resurrection. Amen.

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The Essential Bible (100 pages) is a readable, easy-to-understand summary of all the major stories in both the Old and New Testaments.  A helpful overview for pastors, seminary professors, Bible study leaders, confirmation instructors, Sunday School teachers, and parents, this book serves as an invaluable tool for teaching about the most important people and events in the scriptures.  The Essential Bible puts readers on a fast track to Biblical literacy. 

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John 6:53–56

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

Those who do not highly value the Sacrament are implying they have no sin, no flesh, no devil, no world, no death, no danger, no hell. That is, they do not really believe in such things—though being in them over head and shoulders by being the devil’s own twice-over. Yet, they insinuate that they need no grace, life, paradise, heaven, Christ, God, nor anything good. For if they believed they suffered so much that is evil, and needed so much that is good, they would not neglect the Sacrament by which these evils are remedied and so much good is bestowed. No laws are necessary to force believers to the Sacrament; they will come running, racing of their own accord, forcing themselves and urging you to administer the Sacrament.

Pulling It Together

We have no life in ourselves. Nevertheless, our old, inborn natures want to keep trying to live. Though drowned and buried with Christ in baptism (Rom 6:4), we must be reassured of our death and burial since the old nature so expertly plays the part of a zombie, each day trying to claw its way out of the grave. Christ revives and cures that dead man walking with the true medicine of his body and blood. This is the blessing of grace and renewed life that comes from God as we eat his holy supper—a meal we must receive often, indeed as soon as possible after noticing the dirt is under our fingernails once again.

Prayer: Sustain me, O Lord, through your own death and resurrection. Amen.

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The Essential Bible (100 pages) is a readable, easy-to-understand summary of all the major stories in both the Old and New Testaments.  A helpful overview for pastors, seminary professors, Bible study leaders, confirmation instructors, Sunday School teachers, and parents, this book serves as an invaluable tool for teaching about the most important people and events in the scriptures.  The Essential Bible puts readers on a fast track to Biblical literacy. 

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1 Corinthians 11:22–26

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

In conclusion, since the tyranny of the pope has been abolished, people are no longer willing to receive the Sacrament and reject it. Here again, exhortation is essential, but with this understanding: No one should be forced to believe or to receive the Sacrament. Nor should laws or places be established for it. Rather, preach in such a way that they desire the Sacrament of their own accord, without law, and as it were, compel us pastors to administer the Sacrament.

This may be accomplished by telling them it is a concern that whoever does not seek the Sacrament at least three or four times a year despises the Sacrament and is no Christian—just as he is not a Christian who does not believe or hear the Gospel. For Christ did not say, Omit this, or, Despise this, but, “Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Cor 11:25). Truly, he wants it done, not neglected and despised. “Do this,” he says.

Pulling It Together

Some people think of Holy Communion as a sort of magic act: a specific incantation recited by an approved class of people. Others think of it as a legal act, something one must do in order to be right with God. In either case, Christ has been left out. For it is Christ who both speaks and acts in the Sacrament. The sacramental work has nothing to do with either officiant or recipients. It is Christ alone from start to finish. We do not satisfy God by our showing up. Rather, we celebrate the fact that it is Christ who satisfied his Father for us. We are merely remembering what he told us to do: receive God’s grace through his body and blood. “Often.”

Prayer: I remember you, Lord, and give you thanks. Amen.

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A Latin phrase meaning “Scripture Alone,” Sola Scriptura is one of the traditional Lutheran slogans used since the time of the Reformation. It expresses our confession that Scripture is “the only rule and norm according to which all doctrines and teachers alike must be appraised and judged.” Using the familiar phrase as its title, Sola Scriptura is a new, advanced-level Bible Study in a two-part series, of six chapters each, on the functional authority of Scripture. For those who would like to cover the topic in detail, there is enough material to cover one chapter in two sessions, making each part a 12-week study.

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Ephesians 4:11–16

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

Make it very plain to them the great harm they are causing by refusing to support the training of children to be pastors, preachers, clerks, etc., and that God will punish them terribly for this neglect. For such preaching is needed, as parents and magistrates are now sinning unspeakably in this respect. The devil has an evil intent here.

Pulling It Together

It is clear Luther consider the catechism part of the wider education of children. Further, he believed the catechism could instill in them a heart to serve both church and community. The catechism then must be a lifelong discipline. It is not something that happens at an early age and is put behind us and forgotten. It is not a graduation but rather, the beginning of a life of virtuous service.

Prayer: Make me a strong supporter of your body, Lord. Amen.

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The General Epistles offers a series of 12 Bible studies based on Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II, & III John, and Jude. The geographical locations of Biblical characters can symbolically refer to places we find ourselves with respect to our faith. As we become more acquainted with our spiritual geography, we will better discern where God would have us go or what changes we need to make in order to serve Him better.

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Ephesians 4:11–16

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

Make it very plain to them the great harm they are causing by refusing to support the training of children to be pastors, preachers, clerks, etc., and that God will punish them terribly for this neglect. For such preaching is needed, as parents and magistrates are now sinning unspeakably in this respect. The devil has an evil intent here.

Pulling It Together

It is clear Luther consider the catechism part of the wider education of children. Further, he believed the catechism could instill in them a heart to serve both church and community. The catechism then must be a lifelong discipline. It is not something that happens at an early age and is put behind us and forgotten. It is not a graduation but rather, the beginning of a life of virtuous service.

Prayer: Make me a strong supporter of your body, Lord. Amen.

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The General Epistles offers a series of 12 Bible studies based on Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II, & III John, and Jude. The geographical locations of Biblical characters can symbolically refer to places we find ourselves with respect to our faith. As we become more acquainted with our spiritual geography, we will better discern where God would have us go or what changes we need to make in order to serve Him better.

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Proverbs 1:5–6

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

You should also urge officials and parents to rule well and to send their children to school. Show them why it is their duty to do this, and what a damnable sin they are committing if they do not, for by such neglect they overthrow and destroy both the kingdom of God and that of the world, acting as the worst enemies both of God and of men.

Pulling It Together

One more verse in today’s Scripture, and it reads, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Pro 1:7). As we “should fear, love, and trust God above all things,” we should not learn only his commandments and acts. We should learn about God, his character, his inclination toward us. This is difficult to do without the ability to read and reason. Therefore, one of the primary ways Christians might be involved in a kind of local mission is by volunteering to read to elementary students, and providing one-to-one tutoring in the schools for students who need help with reading.

Prayer: Use me, Lord, to advance the cause and ability to read the Holy Bible. Amen.

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By What Authority is a book that confronts churches who no longer believe their own message. 

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Deuteronomy 8:3

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism

Place your emphasis on that commandment or other part of the catechism that suffers the greatest neglect among your people. For instance, stress the Seventh Commandment, concerning stealing, among laborers and merchants, and even farmers and servants, for many of them are guilty of dishonesty and theft. Just so, emphasize the Fourth Commandment among the children and the common people so that they may lead orderly, faithful, obedient, and peaceful lives. Offer many examples from the Scriptures to show how God has punished or blessed such persons.

Pulling It Together

You will find different areas of stress in your ministry—whether it be a commandment, article, petition, or Sacrament that needs emphasis in the lives of your flock, or in your own life. Do not ignore where the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. As you teach, you will find that the doors of the catechism swing outward and inward too.

Prayer: Feed me with your word, Lord. Amen.

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Today, the reliability of the Gospel is questioned or denied by many voices, inside and outside the Church. But if we, as Christians, have only “hoped” in Christ, and do not see Him as reliable, then we are “most to be pitied.” This series by As We Go Ministries examines the reliability of central claims of the Christian faith, including the truth of Scripture, the promise of the Gospel, and the certainty of Christ’s death and resurrection for our sake. 

The series requires the accompanying video DVD featuring the pastors of Faith Lutheran Church, in Hutchinson, Minnesota: the Rev. Scott Grorud and the Rev. David Wollan. 

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