Romans 1:20 (ESV)
From the Confessions: The Smalcald Articles
The First Part
The first part of the sublime articles deal with the divine majesty, specifically:
I. That Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons in one divine essence and nature, are one God, who has created heaven and earth.
Pulling It Together
Luther begins with the beginning: that God is that One God, the Only God, who has created everything. This beginning includes the great mystery of the Christian faith, that the One God, while being truly single, not only in essence, but by nature, is at the same time three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. This is what the Scripture teaches us; this is what Luther confesses. Just as the universe begins, so begins good theology: with God.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me confess what the Bible teaches. Amen.
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Teach Us to Pray is an eight lesson curriculum based around Luther's Small Catechism. Each lesson has a Bible study connected to the article of the Lord's Prayer covered. A section entitled "About Prayer" teaches students helpful items about a solid prayer life and a prayer assignment for the coming week. A major goal of this material is to help kids experience prayer and practice it in a variety of ways. This book could be used as part of a larger Confirmation series, or as a "pre-confirmation" Sunday School series for Jr. High and Middle School youth.