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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 23

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From the Word: 6 I marvel that you are so quickly renouncing him who called you in the grace of Christ, for a different gospel — 7 not that there is another. But there are some who trouble you, and desire to alter the gospel of Christ. (Galatians 1:6–7)

From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Preface

This sermon is designed as an instruction for children and the uninformed. From olden times, it was called in Greek, a “catechism,” an instruction for children containing what every Christian needs know. Whoever does not know this should not be numbered among Christians nor be admitted to the Sacrament, just as a craftsman who does not understand the rules and customs of his trade is considered incapable, and expelled. Therefore, young people must learn the parts of the Catechism, or children’s instruction, well, becoming fluent by diligently exercising themselves in them and keeping occupied with these parts.

Pulling It Together: Having spent the weekend with my grandchildren, I wonder if I might still be a child. I have the same question when I read the Bible and study the Catechism. There is so much to understand better. Now that I am at a point in life when they say one’s memory may begin to fail, it is all the more important to admit I am but a child, that there is so much to learn. So I must apply myself to these things as a new convert should. If I do not train myself in the Word — especially these things in the Catechism that every Christian ought to know and believe — then I run the risk of trading in the catholic faith for some counterfeit of my own making.

Prayer: Keep me close, Lord. Amen.

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