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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 114

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From the Word: Pray then in this way: Our Father—the one in heaven—may your name be made holy. (Matthew 6:9)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The First Article

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

What does this mean?

I believe that God has created me and all that exists, that he has given me and still preserves my body and soul, my eyes and ears, my reason and all my senses, together with food and clothing, home and family, and all my property. Every day he provides abundantly for all the needs of my life. He protects me from all danger and guards and keeps me from every evil. He does this purely out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I ought to thank, praise, serve, and obey him. This is most certainly true!

Pulling It Together: We believe in God as our Father. He is a good Father, having provided all we need in this life. But he is more than a dispenser of goods. Jesus tells us to pray to God as our Father, yet that his name would be sanctified. There is no better place to begin this hallowing than in prayer. So, we ask that our Father’s name, his reputation and how we think of him, would be revered to the extent that we regard him as holy, fearing him while loving and trusting him with the life he has given us.

Prayer: Father in heaven, may your name be sacred in my life today. Amen.

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The Sola Confirmation Series, written by the Rev. Dr. Steven E. King, is a work-book style Confirmation curriculum. It is designed to serve as a simple and practical resource for teaching the biblical Word of God according to the traditional pattern of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.  Each book in the series can be used as the basis for a “come as you are” small group Bible study, as a student book for home school or independent study programs, or as a classroom tool and homework resource as part of an existing confirmation program. 

The Ten Commandments book is a ten-week unit, which includes one session on each of the Commandments. The Scripture focus is on Moses and the Exodus Cycle, with Bible Study lessons taken primarily from the Pentateuch.

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