Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week September 7, 2014:
THE APOSTLE’S CREED
IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH THEM TO HIS HOUSEHOLD
THE FIRST ARTICLE
“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”
What does this mean?
Answer: I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them; in addition thereto, clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and homestead, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He provides me richly and daily with all that I need to support this body and life, protects me from all danger, and guards me and preserves me from all evil; and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true.
Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The Book of Concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia