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From the Word: 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to keep all that I commanded you. And observe: I am with you every day until the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19–20)
From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Introduction
A Christian, profitable, and necessary preface, and faithful, earnest exhortation of Dr. Martin Luther to all Christians, but especially to all pastors and preachers, that they should daily exercise themselves in the Catechism, which is a short summary and, epitome of the entire Holy Scriptures, and that they may always teach the same.
Pulling It Together: How are we to go, unless we go with the whole Word of God: both his moral Law and his gracious Gospel? How are we to teach that Word of God, unless we know it? And how would we know it well and properly, unless we have a guide (Acts 8:31)? We are not guided by baptism alone, but by the instructive ministry of the church. That religious instruction, or catechism, is what we take up now, using the expanded explanation of The Large Catechism.
In this small book, we will discover how to understand correctly the essential teachings of the whole Holy Bible. In order to teach these essentials, first to our neighbors at home, and then to the entire world, we do well to develop a discipline that trains us in these godly doctrines. In plain words: we must read the Scriptures with an ear to the catechism, so that we may understand rightly.
Prayer: Open our minds, Lord, to understand your Word. Amen.
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The Basics of the Christian Faith is an edition of the catechism that is aimed at seekers, visitors, and those that may not come from a Lutheran background. It is recommended for use in outreach, as a visitor welcome gift, or in new member packets.