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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 85

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From the WordIf then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Focus on the things above, not on the things upon the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1–3) 

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Sixth Commandment

You shall not commit adultery.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that in matters of sex we are chaste and disciplined in our words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

Pulling It Together

Paul teaches us to disregard the false teachers in our lives, those who would hold any religious thing, any material or earthly thing, over our heads. There are those who insist we must satisfy their particular religious rant in order to be a true Christian. Nonetheless, we must never let our focus go beyond Jesus. There are even those who claim we must perfectly keep the commandments, or else we are not filled with the Spirit. These only serve to sharpen our focus on religion and ourselves, our abilities to perform. Dead men do not perform. Their eyes are filled with deepest pitch. Those who have been given new life through faith in Christ, see brightest light, the Light who is Christ Jesus. Even when they fail to perform, try as they might, their sights are ever set on Christ—not just his commands but his forgiveness as well.Prayer: Give me the courage and strength, Lord, to keep seeking you. Amen.

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Learning About Confession teaches the meaning of Confession and Forgiveness according to Luther's guidance in the Small Catechism. It is recommended for the Sixth Grade Level. Each week focuses on a specific Bible story that illustrates the theme, with additional references from Scripture and Luther's Small Catechism – Children's Version. With a healthy balance of Law and Gospel, lessons emphasize the connection between repentance and forgiveness, and how the promise of God’s forgiveness changes our lives.


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