Catechism Lesson for the Week of July 11, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of July 11, 2021:

[I] THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH THEM TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

[CONCLUSION]

What does God declare concerning all these commandments?

Answer: He says, “I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

What does this mean?

Answer: God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  We should therefore fear his wrath and not disobey these commandments.  On the other hand, he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep them.  We should therefore love him, trust in him, and cheerfully do what he has commanded.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. (Ed). (1959). The Book of Concord the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran church (p.344). Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press.

Catechism Lesson for the Week of July 4, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of July 4, 2021:

[I] THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE THIRD

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God, and so we should not despise his Word and the preaching of the same, but deem it holy and gladly hear and learn it.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Catechism Lesson for the Week of June 27, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of June 27, 2021:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE FIFTH PETITION

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

What does this mean?

Answer: We pray in this petition that our heavenly Father may not look upon our sins, and on their account deny our prayers, for we neither merit nor deserve those things for which we pray. Although we sin daily and deserve nothing but punishment, we nevertheless pray that God may grant us all things by his grace. And assuredly we on our part will heartily forgive and cheerfully do good to those who may sin against us.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord: The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Catechism Lesson for the Week of June 20, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of June 20, 2021:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE FIFTH PETITION

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

What does this mean?

Answer: We pray in this petition that our heavenly Father may not look upon our sins, and on their account deny our prayers, for we neither merit nor deserve those things for which we pray. Although we sin daily and deserve nothing but punishment, we nevertheless pray that God may grant us all things by his grace. And assuredly we on our part will heartily forgive and cheerfully do good to those who may sin against us.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord: The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Catechism Lesson for the Week of June 13, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of June 13, 2021:

[VI] THE SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

How can bodily eating and drinking produce such great effects?

Answer: The eating and drinking do not in themselves produce them, but the words “for you” and “for the forgiveness of sins.” These words, when accompanied by the bodily eating and drinking, are the chief thing in the sacrament, and he who believes these words has what they say and declare: the forgiveness of sins.

Who, then, receives this sacrament worthily?

Answer: Fasting and bodily preparation are a good external discipline, but he is truly worthy and well prepared who believes these words: “for you” and “for the forgiveness of sins.” On the other hand, he who does not believe these words, or doubts them, is unworthy and unprepared, for the words “for you” require truly believing hearts.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The Book of Concord: The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Catechism Lesson for the Week of June 6, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of June 6, 2021:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

[INTRODUCTION]

“Our Father who art in heaven.”

What does this mean?

Answer:  Here God would encourage us to believe that he is truly our Father and we are truly his children in order that we may approach him boldly and confidently in prayer, even as beloved children approach their dear father.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Catechism Lesson for the Week of May 30, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of May 30, 2021:

[V] CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

HOW PLAIN PEOPLE ARE TO BE TAUGHT TO CONFESS

“What is the Office of the Keys?”

Answer: The Office of the Keys is that special authority which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent.

Where is this written?”

This is what St. John the Evangelist writes in chapter twenty:  The Lord Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:22-23)

“What do you believe according to these words?”

I believe that when the called ministers of Christ deal with us by His divine command, in particular when they exclude openly unrepentant sinners from the Christian congregation and absolve those who repent of their sins and want to do better, this is just as valid and certain, even in heaven, as if Christ our dear Lord dealt with us Himself. [1]

[1]Tappert, Theodore G.: The Book of Concord : The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 2000, c1959, S. 342

Catechism Lesson for the Week of May 23, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of May 23, 2021:

[II] THE CREED

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE THIRD ARTICLE: SANCTIFICATION

“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.”

What does this mean?

Answer:  I believe that by my own reason or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.  But the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and abundantly forgives all my sins, and the sins of all believers, and on the last day he will raise me and all the dead and will grant eternal life to me and to all who believe in Christ.  This is most certainly true.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Catechism Lesson for the Week of May 16, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of May 16, 2021:

[V] [CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION]

 HOW THE PLAIN PEOPLE ARE TO BE TAUGHT TO CONFESS

What is confession?

Answer:  Confession consists of two parts.  One is that we confess our sins.  The other is that we receive absolution or forgiveness from the confessor as from God himself, by no means doubting but firmly believing that our sins are thereby forgiven before God in heaven.

What sins should we confess?

Answer: Before God we should acknowledge that we are guilty of all manner of sins, even those of which we are not aware, as we do in the Lord’s Prayer. Before the confessor, however, we should confess only those sins of which we have knowledge and which trouble us.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The Book of Concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia

Catechism Lesson for the Week of May 9, 2021

Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism lesson for the week of May 9, 2021:

[III] THE LORD’S PRAYER

IN THE PLAIN FORM IN WHICH THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY
SHALL TEACH IT TO HIS HOUSEHOLD

THE FOURTH PETITION

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

What does this mean?

Answer: To be sure, God provides daily bread, even to the wicked, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that God may make us aware of his gifts and enable us to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.[1]

[1]Tappert, T. G. 2000, c1959. The book of concord : The confessions of the evangelical Lutheran church. Fortress Press: Philadelphia